Geneva; Art & Public Gallery, 2004. Hardcover. Fine. Essay by Thierry Davila with 15 color illustrations. 52 pages.
"Can you recall what you were doing on April 3, 1990? What about on July 17, 1996? October 23, 1998? In Date Paintings, time itself has become art--art that carries viewers back in time. These black and white paintings are pure realism, the existence of time put in painting, thus rendering the works--up to a certain point--both viewable and readable. The 11 paintings, made by Conceptual artist On Kawara over the course of a decade, allow viewers to complete their reading with personal associations, historical events or academic interpretations. The book, conceived with Kawara himself, is a decidedly different and intimate take on an artist's monograph. In it, Kawara has invented a simple and striking way to make art by taking his time and using the calendar to make a kind of non-individual art work."