On Kawara

Eternal Return

Eternal Return accompanies an exhibition of Date Paintings by the Japanese/American conceptual artist On Kawara at the Ikon gallery, Birmingham.

The selection of Date Paintings for Eternal Return was first made for Consciousness. Meditation. Watcher on the Hills; a solo exhibition of a wider range of work by On Kawara that Ikon held in 2002, and which subsequently toured internationally in a clock-wise direction until spring 2006.

The Date Paintings are part of his Today Series, an ongoing project begun in 1966, each made in a day, bearing the inscribed date on which they were made. The Date Paintings exhibited here cover one Sunday from each year since the inception of the Today Series, thus conveying the idea, ironically, of On Kawara as a ‘Sunday Painter’.

Each year another Sunday Date Painting was added to this exhibition. The original selection of 38 Date Paintings will be installed at Ikon in exactly the same way they were four years ago, with the addition of the extra four, dating from 2003 – 2006.

This small publication explores the evolution of this exhibition with an essay by Director, Jonathan Watkins.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition Eternal Return at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 26 July – 17 September 2006.

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