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On Kawara

Date Paintings in New York and 136 Other Cities

written by Lucas Zwirner

Ludion | ISBN 9789461300157

Hardback – 288 pages


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On Kawara (b. 1933) is fascinated by counting and by time. For more than forty years he has been making not only lists of the years from a million years ago to 1969, but also his 'date paintings'. He made his first painting in this 'Today Series' in New York on 4 January 1966: a monochrome canvas painted with the day, month and year. Since then he has been painting the date according to the same procedure at regular intervals in the city where he happened to be. This is the first time that On Kawara presents a retrospective of forty-five years of date paintings.

Artist: On Kawara

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