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On Kawara, 26. ÁG. 1995, acrylic on canvas, 10 x 13". From the series “Today,” 1966–.

On Kawara

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On Kawara, 26. ÁG. 1995, acrylic on canvas, 10 x 13". From the series “Today,” 1966–.

This year, On Kawara will enter his eighth decade of being still alive. For more than half his life, he has been producing the rigidly formulaic “Today” paintings, his most enduring body of work. The series remains key (and is the earliest) among the diarizing projects he began between the mid-1960s and the early ’70s––from the cryptic, deadpan telegrams that broadcast the quotidian facts of his life or confirmed his continuing existence (“I Am Still Alive,” 1970–ca. 2005) to the postcards that announce when he rose from bed (“I Got Up,” 1968–79). Now numbering in the thousands, the “Today” canvases each display the date of their creation in white, sans-serif font on a monochrome ground. The artist eschews personal details yet allows the viewer to trace his location at different points in time, since the dates are rendered according to the dating conventions and language of the

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