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  • Provenance

    Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf

  • Catalogue Essay

    Time, as registered in its familiar increments of days, years, centuries, and eons, has preoccupied On Kawara since the mid-1960s, when he began his magnum opus, the Today Series. Each of the Date Paintings that constitute this ongoing work is a monochrome field on which is inscribed the date of the day on which the individual painting is executed, in the language and according to the calendrical conventions of the country in which Kawara is present when he begins it. If he does not complete it by midnight he destroys it. Some days he makes more than one; very occasionally, a third is added to that second before the midnight deadline strikes. Most days he makes none. Each painting is stored in its own handmade cardboard box, alongside a clipping from a newspaper published in the same city and on the same day that the artist made the painting. History as recorded in daily events, whether global, national, or local, is bound together with the residues of individual activity and memorialized under the rubric of the date.
    L. Cooke taken from


'Friday' Mar. 22, 1991. 'Today' series no. 6

Liquitex on canvas with artist's cardboard box and New York Times newspaper clipping.
Canvas: 10 x 13 in. (25.4 x 33 cm); Box: 10 3/4 x 13 1/2 x 2 in. (27.3 x 34.3 x 5.1 cm).
Signed "On Kawara" on the reverse of the canvas.

£100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for £168,000

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

Evening Sale
13 October 2007, 4pm