On Kawara, ‘Friday July 14, 2000 (Today series no. 26)’, 2000, Phillips
On Kawara, ‘Friday July 14, 2000 (Today series no. 26)’, 2000, Phillips

From the Catalogue:
The present work belongs to Japanese conceptual artist On Kawara’s critically acclaimed body of work collectively known as the Today Series. Begun on January 4, 1966, this series functions as a form of personal diary and travelogue for the artist as well as a reflection of the rapidly globalizing world. Each canvas is breathtakingly simple in its composition, the abbreviated date of the painting’s execution written in the language and convention of the country in which it was conceived. The present work was painted on Friday, July 14, 2000 in New York City.
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: signed "On Kawara" on the reverse

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, The Encyclopedia of Masamichi Katayama "Life is hard... Let's go shopping.", April 8 - June 25, 2017, cat. no. 441, pp. 192, 216, 218 (illustrated)

Taro Nasu Gallery, Tokyo
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About On Kawara

On Kawara has based the entirety of his collection of books, paintings, and drawings on the arbitrariness and subjectivity of the way we measure time. Many of his projects are ongoing, making Kawara himself, as the recorder of time, one of the primary materials in his conceptual works. Kawara is perhaps best known for the “date paintings” in his Today series (1966-), each of which conforms to one of eight predetermined sizes and features a date in hand-lettered typography painted over a monochromatic background. The artist completed the canvases while living or staying in over 100 cities around the world. Each date painting is displayed with a handcrafted cardboard box and a clipping from a newspaper published in the same city and on the same day that the artist made the work. Kawara continues to create new works in the series.

Japanese, 1933-2014, Kariya, Japan