May 25, 1966 (A rocket scientist was killed by a foreign-made .25 caliber pistol, Columbus, Ohio)


On Kawara ( Japanese, 1933 - 2014 )

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General Description

On Kawara made the "Today" series of paintings between 1966 and 2013. In these paintings, Kawara uses a systematic approach to document the passage of time. They are made on the date referred to in the title, and if they are not finished by midnight of that date, they are destroyed. The order of information and the language used follow the convention of the country in which the painting was executed. Overall, Kawara's date paintings serve as a meditation on the daily act of living.

Adapted from

Charles Wylie, Label text, Silence and Time, 2011.

Fun Facts

  • Four paintings in this series, those from 1976, 1986, 1996, and 2006, were chosen by the artist himself as a series for the Dallas Museum of Art.

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