On Kawara-Date Paintings- The today series

The today series consists entirely of the date on which the painting was executed in simple white lettering set against a solid background. The date is always is always documented in the language and grammatical conventions of the country in which it was painted. The date on the paintings, hand painted with calculated precision are always centred on the canvas and painted white. When Kawara was not able to finish the painting on the day it was created the paintings were immediately destroyed.

  • repetetive nature
  • peoples lives structured by repetition
  • creating value and meaning through investment of time

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