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Date Paintings (twelve)

On Kawara, Japanese (active United States), 1933 - 2014

Date:
2001

Medium:
Liquitex on canvas

Dimensions:
Painting: 10 × 13 1/2 inches (25.4 × 34.3 cm) each box with dated materials: 10 3/8 × 13 1/2 × 1 13/16 inches (26.4 × 34.3 × 4.6 cm) each Box with lid: 10 1/2 × 14 × 1 7/8 inches (26.7 × 35.6 × 4.8 cm) each

Curatorial Department:
Contemporary Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
2002-203-1a,b--12a,b

Credit Line:
Purchased with funds contributed by the Committee on Modern and Contemporary Art and with funds (by exchange) from the bequest of Henrietta Myers Miller, 2002

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Label:
These twelve canvases are part of a series of over 1,900 date paintings that On Kawara created beginning on January 4, 1966, each of which was begun and finished on the date it declares. As the years pass, the banality of each date, emphasized by the deadpan nature in which it is painted---in simple letters and numbers on a monochrome canvas---takes on historical and metaphysical dimensions.