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On Kawara, from the Today series.
Blake Gopnick writes about On Kawara’s anonymity for The Daily Beast:
Wylie calls Kawara’s Today series “literally a registering of himself, and of time,” and believes it raises important questions about what it is to know anyone. “You get a huge amount of information about him, through his work—more than I might have about my friends, or a public figure,” Wylie says. After all, we know where Kawara was on many days of his life, and what he was up to on them—that he was busy painting the picture that he’s put before us. And that is a more concrete, usable, specific fact than Rembrandt ever provides. “You get to know this amazing information about this person’s life—but you don’t get to know his emotions, or his physiognomy,” says Wylie.
On Kawara, Date Painting(s) in New York and 136 Other Cities
is on view at David Zwirner through February 11, 2012.