On Kawara Postcards _ I Got Up

It is fun to discover the On Kawara Postcards: I Got Up  that were on exhibit last year at the Guggenheim.

Image from I Got Up, from www.guggenheim.org

On this day – October 21, 1959, the Guggenheim Museum opened in New York City.

The I Got Up series of postcards:  2 different recipients – 2 postcards per day, every day –  for 12 years between 1968 and 1979 – Totals over 8000 Postcards!

For the series I Got Up (1968–79), Kawara sent two postcards every day to friends, family members, collectors, and colleagues. On each postcard, he stamped the date, his name, his current address, the name and address of the recipient, and the phrase I GOT UP AT (always in English and capital letters) followed by the time he rose from bed.”

To read the full summary here is a link from Guggenheim Overview on Postcards: I Got Up.

On Kawara—Silence

It was part of the On Kawara—Silence exhibition from last Feb-May 2015.  It was of his work from 1964-2014 of which the I Got Up was included.

This short  YouTube from Guggenheim Museum On Kawara: Self-Observation includes explaining there were over 8000 postcards!  They share how he stopped sending the postcards – his briefcase that contained his stamp kit was stolen.

As we head into the fourth of five weekends in October wishing you an inspiring day.  Perhaps you will consider having your own unique stamp(s) made for use on your own future correspondence – I know I am – stay tuned!

Anchors Aweigh,   


On Kawara Postcards: I Got Up Attribution & Thank you to the following who are referenced today — 

Image above upper left cover On Kawara _ Silence  Hardcover – March 24, 2015 by Jeffrey Weiss.  “The volume is published in four differently colored covers.”  “On Kawara ― Silence is published in conjunction with a major exhibition of Kawara’s post-1964 work at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Like the exhibition itself, the structure of the book was devised in close collaboration with the late artist.”

History.com This Day In History: October 21 – 1959 Guggenheim Museum opens in New York City

Image above postcard and excerpt Guggenheim Overview Arts Curriculum From: On Kawara – Silence  guggenheim.org/onkawara  #onkawara

This YouTube from Guggenheim Museum On Kawara: Self-Observation published on Feb 6, 2015

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