One Million Years
24 Dec 1932 - 27 Jun 2014
Born in Japan, On Kawara moved to New York in the 1960s. On 4 January 1966 he began his Today series, a succession of canvases each displaying the day, month and year on which it was created. While every Today painting represents a single day, One million years – past and One million years – future are books that each list a million years, the first from 998031 BCE to 1969 and the second from 1993 until the year 1001992. The dedication in One million years – past reads ‘For all those who have
lived and died’, while in One million years – future it reads ‘For the last one’.
bound artist's book in two volumes
324/500 [Limited edition of 60 numbered and signed copies, 500 numbered copies and 10 A/P]
2 volumes: each 14.4 x 10.5 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Mervyn Horton Bequest Fund 2016
Not on display
© The Estate of On Kawara
Shown in 1 exhibition
Time, light, Japan: Japanese art 1990s to now, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Dec 2016–14 May 2017