Each was a self-portrait, and also a commemoration. Each is just like the others, and yet they’re hand-painted and have their tinges, their own little quirks, that set each one apart. In a real (and not at all morbid) way, Kawara’s Today series could only end at the artist’s death – at the exact moment when the paintings were transformed from testimony to a life being lived into memorials for a life that came and went. Ars longa, vita brevis, goes the Latin motto: art is long, life is short. But with Kawara they were exactly the same length.