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ONE ON ONE

On Kawara

By Dane Mitchell

ON KAWARA, One Million Years (Reading), 1993–, Documentation of reading performance, one month.

View of “One Million Years” exhibition at David Zwirner, New York, 2009. 

Courtesy David Zwirner, Hong Kong/New York/London.

Typographic forms inscribed on canvas, stamped on cards, printed and bound in volumes, punched out on telegrams, voiced over airwaves. On Kawara’s date-related works suggest a level of remoteness and detachment in their use of data and a set-based logic of numeric and systematic languages. Abstract and serial in nature, the works describe time with a…

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