acrylic on canvas
overall installed 10.125 x 105 x 1.875 inches
T.B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 1991
Copyright retained by the artist
Kawara strives to place his own activity within the broader context of world events and to suggest the importance of individual threads of activity within the larger fabric of human endeavor. For the paintings, this is accomplished by boxing each along with the front page of that day’s newspaper. Kawara’s art practice, which has also included sending daily postcards to his friends indicating the time he woke up or the fact that he is still alive, also refers to the “reading of the days”--an ancient Japanese ritual that is practiced in order to predict the arrival of the gods.