On Kawara

(Japan 24 Dec 1932 – 27 Jun 2014)

One Million Years

Location
Not on display
Further information

Born in Japan, On Kawara moved to New York in the 1960s. On 4 January 1966 he began his Today series, a succession of canvases each displaying the day, month and year on which it was created. While every Today painting represents a single day, One million years – past and One million years – future are books that each list a million years, the first from 998031 BCE to 1969 and the second from 1993 until the year 1001992. The dedication in One million years – past reads ‘For all those who have
lived and died’, while in One million years – future it reads ‘For the last one’.

Year
1999
Media
Artist's book, Print
Medium
bound artist's book in two volumes
Dimensions
2 volumes: each 14.4 x 10.5 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Mervyn Horton Bequest Fund 2016
Accession number
235.2016.a-b
Copyright
© The Estate of On Kawara