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March 5, 2009

'One Million Years' — by On Kawara

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This year marks year 40 of Kawara's project, "... launched in 1969, when he began releasing a 20-volume set of books that simply gives a chronological listing of years beginning in 998,031 B.C., 10,000 centuries in the past, and ending in A.D. 1,001,995, looking forward the same span," wrote Blake Gopnik in his January 25, 2009 Washington Post review of Kawara's latest update on the project, which featured "a glass-fronted sound booth and an invitation to all comers to sit in it and read from Kawara's books [top]. Each reader's words — or rather, numbers — [were] recorded for posterity, for release on a CD. Kawara has calculated that his 'audio book' will require more than 2,500 discs."

The show at the David Zwirner Gallery in New York City ended 19 days ago.

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