About this artwork
On Kawara’s work renders the passage of time and one life within its continuum. From 1966 until his death, the artist produced thousands of works in a series called Today. In each, he painted the date (notably, without using stencils) in white on a monochromatic field. While usually not exhibited a newspaper accompanies every work to document the location and context of its execution. Kawara always began and completed these works on the date represented, and if he did not finish a painting on its date, he destroyed it. While following these self-imposed guidelines, Kawara used a set range of canvas sizes for his date paintings. Oct.
31, 1978 is one of only ten works painted at this scale, the largest used in the series.
Currently Off View
- Contemporary Art
- On Kawara
- Oct. 31, 1978 (Today Series, "Tuesday")
- United States
- Made 1978
- Acrylic on canvas, with two newspapers
- 155 x 226 cm (61 x 89 in.)
- Twentieth-Century Purchase Fund
- © On Kawara. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York