about the exhibition

On Kawara

I Got Up At…


On Kawara’s works, particularly those associated with early Conceptual art, are exemplary of an oeuvre that is at once personal and universal. The confessional autobiographical quality of I Got Up At..., a series of postcards providing diurnal accounts of his rising times that he sent to his artist friend John Baldessari over the course of three months, document Kawara’s existence in time while also allowing that which is typically immaterial to assume material form.

On Kawara (b. 1933, Kariya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan; lives and works in New York)
I Got Up At…, 1974–75
Ninety postcards with printed rubber stamps
3 1/2 x 4 in. each and 4 x 6 in. each
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Gift of John Baldessari and Denise Spampinato

We are the same, but different.
Things are the same, but different.
The days are the same, but different. —On Kawara