Joseph Kosuth’s writings, like his installations, assert that art begins where mere physicality ends. The articles, statements, and interviews collected here. A discussion of Joseph Kosuth’s definition of art as a proposition within the world, with reference to the text ‘Art After Philosophy’. Joseph Kosuth an American conceptual artist, lives in New York and London, after having . His seminal text ‘Art after Philosophy’, written in , had a major impact on the thinking about art at the time and has been seen since as a kind.

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It is therefore a purely logical system, and its propositions are purely analytic propositions. For an artist to question the nature and function of fine art and fine art practice as Kosuth does in quote a is to enter into a philosophical engagement where the accuracy and specificity of language is paramount. He also lived in an area of Australia some hundreds of kilometers north of Alice Springs with an Aboriginal tribe that, before they were re-located four years previously from an area farther north, not known of the existence of white people.

His analysis had a major impact on his practice as an artist and, soon after, on that of others.

Maria Dragan rated it it was amazing Aug 22, Matthew Williams rated it liked it Dec 15, Such an argument is the case of a preconceived notion ordering together not necessarily related facts. He has been invited as a visiting professor and guest lecturer at various universities and institutions for nearly thirty years, some of which include: We have the cinema and color television, as well as the man-made spectacle of the lights of Las Vegas or the sky-scrapers of New York City.

Marcos Manuel rated it really liked it Apr 08, I arrived at these conclusions alone, and indeed, it is from this thinking that my art from if not before evolved. Frank Jones rated it really liked it Apr 14, Thus, as Ayer has stated:.


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A more functional approach to the study of concepts has tended to replace the method of introspection. Art is art-as-art and everything else is everything else. Bethany Johnson rated it liked it Mar 29, Description Joseph Kosuth’s writings, like his installations, assert that art begins where mere physicality ends.

Art is art-as-art and everything else is everything else. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Charta edizioni, Not simply do we now consider the breadth of art practice in terms of a range of cultural influence, but the traditions of habitually separate discourses are also becoming less easy to distinguish[25]. If one looks at contemporary art in this light one realizes the minimal creative effort taken on the part of formalist artists specifically, and all painters and sculptors working as such today generally.

Art After Philosophy and After: Collected Writings, 1966-1990

The Best Books of Qrt spent time in the Peruvian Amazon with the Yagua [check spelling] Indians living deep into the Peruvian side of the Amazon basin. Mentor Booksp. The whole world is there to be seen, and the whole world can watch man walk on the moon from their living rooms.

In the early s, concerned with his “ethnocentricity as a white, male artist”, Kosuth enrolled in the New School to study anthropology. Return to Book Page. Want to Read saving…. Kosuth’s works frequently reference Sigmund Freud ‘s psycho-analysis and Ludwig Wittgenstein ‘s philosophy of language. They are linguistic in character because they express definitions of art.

Louis as it is seen in the Smithsonian Institution. In a sense then he is a primitive. The works in this series took the form of photostat reproductions of dictionary definitions [10] of words such as “water”, “meaning”, and “idea”. Sooner or later the artist is implicated or devoured by politics without even trying. InKosuth was awarded the Austrian Republic’s highest honour for accomplishments in science and culture, the Decoration of Honour in Gold.


Another way of stating, in relation to art, what Ayer asserted about the analytic method in the context of language would be the following: This makes them tautological. The function of art, as a question, was first raised by Marcel Duchamp.

For the artist, as an analyst, is not directly concerned with the physical properties of things. Even Merleau-Ponty, with his middle-of-the-road position between empiricism and rationalism, cannot express his philosophy without the use of words thus using concepts ; and following this, how can one discuss experience without sharp distinctions between ourselves and the world?

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Insofar as they are all afrer from contradiction, they are all true. Clearly, among these examples there exists a necessary degree of both difference and overlap, but what should be reinforced is the variety of responses and claims klsuth were offered by a variety of artists, Kosuth being a figure among them.

In Britain alone, consideration must be given to a plurality of traditions, all valid, and all followed within art practice — an Indo-European tradition, for example; an North African tradition, a West Indian tradition, a specific Islamic tradition, and so on.