Japanese Conceptual Artist On Kawara Dies

japanese artist dies at 81

The Japanese artist On Kawara has passed away at the age of 81. He was most well known for his date paintings which recorded the date in the format of whatever country he happened to be in at the time. I thought he painted one every single day but I’m told he did between 63 and 241 date paintings each year since 1966. Earlier this year the conceptual artist’s ‘May 1, 1987′ today series painting sold for a record $4.2 million.

A retrospective was being planned by the Guggenheim museum in New York and will open in February 2015.

japanese conceptual artistOn Kawara – Today Series – 18 Jan 1989

on kawara twitter pageOn Kawara Twitter page. I hope this is a bot running his Twitter account and he keeps posting “I AM STILL ALIVE #art” for as long as Twitter lives ;-)

On Kawara
Jan.22.1933
Jul.10.2014
RIP

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