It is with great sadness that the gallery
announces the passing of On Kawara.

David Zwirner


I AM STILL ALIVE

On Kawara

* January 2, 1933 - † June, 2014

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Kunst als Raum. Raum als Umgebung. Umgebung als Ereignis. Ereignis als Bild. Bild als Leben. Leben als Kunst.

Christoph Schlingensief

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Late Spring, directed by Yasujirō Ozu in 1949

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I'm German in my mind, but from a Germany that doesn't exist any more.

Karl Lagerfeld

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Frans Zwartjes | Spectator | 1970

Stadt Duisburg lehnt Kunstinstallation von Gregor Schneider für die Ruhrtriennale im Lehmbruck Museum ab.

— Ruhrtriennale; Pressemitteilung

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Stay strong; Tour de France 2014

It's part of the experience of walking around the space in which the art appears — you implicate yourself in the space, and the experience is in you, not in the frame or on the wall.

Richard Serra

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I see men assassinated around me every day. I walk through rooms of the dead, streets of the dead, cities of the dead; men without eyes, men without voices; men with manufactured feelings and standard reactions; men with newspaper brains, television souls and high school ideas.

Charles Bukowski

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Ruth Amarante | Zollverein Kohlenwäsche

Pina, directed by Wim Wenders in 2011

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You are she who is not. But I am he who is.

Nostalghia, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky in 1983

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You can't find intimacy — you can't find home — when you're always hiding behind masks. Intimacy requires a certain level of vulnerability. It requires a certain level of you exposing your fragmented, contradictory self to someone else. You're running the risk of having your core self rejected and hurt and misunderstood.

Junot Diaz

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From București with love ...

Valentina Vidrașcu

Memory is not an instrument for surveying the past but its theater. It is the medium of past experience, just as the earth is the medium in which dead cities lie buried. He who seeks to approach his own buried past must conduct himself like a man digging.

Walter Benjamin

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I don't like the idea of understanding a film. I don't believe that rational understanding is an essential element in the reception of any work of art. Either a film has something to say to you or it hasn't. If you are moved by it, you don't need it explained to you. If not, no explanation can make you moved by it.

Federico Fellini

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Isabelle Adjani | Bruno Ganz

Nosferatu, directed by Werner Herzog in 1979

There is no other aesthetic problem than that of the insertion of art into everyday life. The more our daily life appears standardized, stereotyped and subject to an accelerated reproduction of objects of consumption, the more art must be injected into it in order to extract that little difference which plays simultaneously between other levels of repetition, and even in order to make the two extremes resonate — namely, that habitual series of consumption and the instinctual series of destruction and death.

Gilles Deleuze

Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.

Maya Angelou

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Im Badezimmer mit Gregor Schneider ...

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Commercial films tell you that the most important information is the story, so they're always forcing, forcing you towards the story. For me, the information is everything, it's how we sit at this table together, how you pick up the bottle of water. I'm saying to the audience: Please watch this and you'll begin to understand things in a different way.

Béla Tarr

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TEARIST performing live in 2010 ...

Civilization | Lo V | Headless

She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn't supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.

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Francesca Woodman

I'm the crazy one who thinks that words reach people.

Anne Sexton

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Richard Serra | Double Rift V | 2014

What separates us from yesterday is not a rift, but a change in position.

Alexander Kluge

"Alles ist Skulptur!" rief mir quasi dieses Bild [von einem Werk Wilhelm Lehmbruck] zu [...] und ich hörte: "Schütze die Flamme!"

— Joseph Beuys; Dank an Wilhelm Lehmbruck

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If you think wearing thigh high stockings
will solve all of your problems
and make you attractive,
you are right.

Gregor Schneider setzt die Reihe der Ausstellungen in der Synagoge Stommeln mit der Arbeit Hauptstr. 85 a fort. Schneider wird als erster Künstler das gesamte Gebäude architektonisch bearbeiten. Sein Eingriff bringt die ursprüngliche Synagoge zum Verschwinden und fragt damit nach der An- und Abwesenheit des religiösen Raumes. Zusätzlich verleiht er dem nun "verlorenen Ort", der bislang nicht über eine postalische Anschrift verfügt, dauerhaft eine eigenständige Adresse.

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In short, landscape is the link between our outer and inner selves.

Bill Viola

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Bernard Faucon | The rooms of love | 1984 - 1987

I fall daily in love with impossibilities.

Anne Sexton

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Benicio del Toro

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, directed by Terry Gilliam in 1998

There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.

— Raoul Duke

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Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.

Franz Kafka

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NEUERBURGSTRASSE 21

They ride along not knowing what connects them, and they will not know it until death.

Daniil Kharms

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Rei Kawakubo; Onassis Glasses

It is perhaps the misfortune of my life that I am interested in far too much but not decisively in any one thing; all my interests are not subordinated in one but stand on an equal footing.

Søren Kierkegaard

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