Lot 170
  • 170

On Kawara

180,000 - 250,000 USD
430,000 USD
bidding is closed


  • On Kawara
  • June 4, 1991 (From the Today series, 1966-2013)
  • titled and dated JUNE 4, 1991; signed on the reverse
  • liquitex on canvas with newspaper clipping in artist's cardboard box


Lisson Gallery, London
Private Collection, Europe (acquired from the above in 1992)
Christie's, London, February 12, 2010, lot 172
Acquired by the present owner from the above sale

Catalogue Note

"The significance of these paintings lies in the fact that they depict not only a date, but also their own date. If, historically, paintings have been fixed in time by a date on the front or back of the canvas, the date itself for Kawara becomes the subject of the painting and the sole embodiment of the work's figurative imagery...Letters and numbers, which may be perceived as independent objects, allow an otherwise immaterial date to assume material form. The date paintings thus succeed in turning abstract, temporal measurement into the concrete reality of painting." Anne Rorimer, 1991