Have you seen all those bumper stickers? They just read “1-20-09”. It’s just a date on a sticker but it is a communication reminiscent of the date paintings of On Kawara.
On Kawara’s date paintings are of dates of events in the past. To my knowledge, he has never made any date paintings of future dates. His paintings correspond with a horrible tragedy. These bumper stickers have just as powerful a statement except this time, it is one of hope.1-20-09 is inauguration day. Bush will be gone.