1960s

Arakawa, Untitled, 1963

Untitled, 1963

 

 

Oil, acrylic, graphite and color pencil on canvas, 71 3/4" x 66"; Estate of Madeline Gins

Arakawa, In the Shadow There Are 180,000 Wet Lines, 1964

In the Shadow There Are 180,000 Wet Lines, 1964

 

 

Oil, graphite, color pencil, marker and compass on canvas, 63" x 85 1/2"; Estate of Madeline Gins

Arakawa, Untitled (Voice Inoculation), 1964-65

Untitled (Voice Inoculation), 1964-65

 

 

Acrylic, graphite, and art marker on canvas, 96 1/2" x 62 1/4"; Estate of Madeline Gins

Arakawa, About Font, 1964-65

About Font, 1964-65

 

 

Oil, acrylic, graphite, colored pencil, art marker and collage on canvas, 91 1/2" x 63" x 8"; Estate of Madeline Gins

Arakawa, The Communicating Vases, 1964-65

The Communicating Vases, 1964-65

 

 

Oil, acrylic, graphite, color pencil, art marker, and collage on canvas, 89 1/4" x 64" x 4"; Estate of Madeline Gins

Tubes, 1965 

 

 

acrylic, oil, art marker and colored pencil on canvas, 51" x 69"; Estate of Madeline Gins

 

Arakawa, A Diagram of Imagination, 1965

A Diagram of Imagination, 1965

 

 

Acrylic, graphite, colored pencil, pastel, and art marker on canvas, 61" x 91"; Estate of Madeline Gins

Untitled (Webster's Dictionary A&B), 1965-66 

 

 

oil and pencil on canvas, 66" x 96"; Estate of Madeline Gins

Arakawa, Untitled (The Diagram of Meeting), 1965-66

Untitled (The Diagram of Meeting), 1965-66

 

 

Oil, acrylic, graphite, pastel and marker on canvas, 89 3/4" x 144"; Estate of Madeline Gins

A Couple No.2

A Couple No.2, 1966-67 

 

 

oil, acrylic, art marker, graphite, crayon on canvas, 95" x 124"; Estate of Madeline Gins

Arakawa, A Self Portrait Near the Ocean, 1967

A Self Portrait Near the Ocean, 1967

 

 

Oil, acrylic, graphite, marker and collage on canvas, 90" x 63"; Estate of Madeline Gins

Arakawa, Landscape, 1967

Landscape, 1967

 

 

Acrylic and graphite on canvas, 49" x 73"; Estate of Madeline Gins

Arakawa, Untitled, 1968

Untitled, 1968

 

 

Graphite and marker on canvas, 48 1/2" x 71 1/4"; Estate of Madeline Gins

Hard or Soft No.3, 1969

 

 

acrylic on canvas, 96" x 65"; Estate of Madeline Gins

 

 

Description

1960s

Arakawa at Dwan gallery in New York, 1966

Arakawa moved to New York in 1961 and enrolled in the Brooklyn Museum Art School. As he continued to make sculpture, his relocation marks a new development in his paintings, now employing lines, arrows and other marks to plot and foreground the surface of the canvas. Increasingly diagrammatic, images both found and drawn were included along with text and actual objects that opened up ideas about what constituted traditional ideas of depiction and picture making, creating a reflective and poetic space. Towards the end of the decade, his paintings incorporated texts that directly addressed viewers, inviting them to activate the work through their engagement.

In 1964, Arakawa had his first solo exhibition with the Dwan Gallery in Los Angeles, entitled Arakawa: Dieagrams. Arakawa next showed at Virginia Dwan’s new gallery in New York in 1966 with the exhibition Arakawa: For Instance, Instant. Dwan gave further solo exhibitions to Arakawa again in Los Angeles in 1966 and then in New York in 1967 and 1969. She also included Arakawa in numerous group exhibitions with other gallery artists, including Robert Smithson, Carl Andre, Sol LeWitt, Charles Ross, Robert Morris and William Anastasi up until she closed the gallery in 1971. In 1967, Arakawa had his first solo exhibition at Galleria Schwarz, Milan. Arturo Schwarz, the gallery’s founder, was closely associated with Marcel Duchamp whom Arakawa had sought out and befriended on his arrival to New York. 

In 1965, he had his first institutional show at the Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, followed by the Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (1966) and the Kunst und Museumsverein, Ausstellungssäle, Wuooertal-Barmen (1967).