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TODAY series


On Kawara



Institution Walker Art Center
Location Not on view.
TODAY series, On Kawara
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Courtesy Walker Art Center
On Kawara, TODAY series (1989)
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WalkerResources  September 21, 2012

This artwork is on view in the Walker exhibition The Living Years: Art after 1989. The text below is the artwork's label written for that exhibition.

Since January 1966, On Kawara has made a series of paintings, each presenting the date on which the work was executed in simple white lettering against a solid background. One painting takes the artist between eight and nine hours to finish—a literal representation of a day in his life. Those that are not completed within a day are destroyed; completed works are stored with the front page of that day’s newspaper. Kawara produced this series during five days spent in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1989.

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