3. Art after Philosophy’. Joseph Kosuth. The fact that it has recently become fashionable for physicists themselves to be sympa~ theeic towards religion marks. 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. Joseph Kosuth in: Arthur R. Rose, “Four Interviews,” Arts Magazine (February, ). Joseph Kosuth, “Introduction” in Art After Philosophy and After: Collected.

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Perhaps also significant were the social changes which were simultaneously occurring: Art is not what is not art.

His earliest work, the Protoinvestigations, were done when he was only twenty years old and as they are considered among the first works of the Conceptual art movement they are included in collections such as The Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim, The Whitney, Centre Pompidou, The Tate Gallery, The Reina Sophia, Madrid, among many others, and constitute a youthful record in most of these major collections.

Kosuth was awarded a Cassandra Foundation Grant inat the age of 23, as the choice of Marcel Duchamp one week before he died. Art After Philosophy and After Collected Writings, reveals between the lines a definition of “art” of which Joseph Kosuth meant to assure us. He has been invited as a visiting professor and guest lecturer at various universities and institutions for nearly thirty years, some of which include: Undoubtedly, as practitioners, we also recognise the multiplicity of the possible functions of art whereby the aims and intentions of someone working site-specifically with sound-art would not be expected to necessarily relate to those espoused by a gallery-based text artist, but may not be seen as entering a hierarchy such as that suggested by Kosuth because of this.

The one thing to say about art is that it is one thing. In fact it is Marcel Duchamp whom we can credit with giving art its own identity. With the advent of modern science, aesthetics as a societal value was second to an emphasis on modernity; formalist artwork somehow seemed trivial. Instead of attempting to grasp or describe concepts bare, so to speak, the psychologist investigates the way in which they function as ingredients in beliefs and in judgments. One is then accepting the nature of art to be the European tradition of a painting-sculpture dichotomy.

If you make paintings you are already accepting not questioning the nature of art. It is therefore a purely logical system, and its propositions are purely analytic propositions. Hegelian philosophy made sense in the nineteenth century and must have been soothing to a century that was barely getting over Hume, the Enlightenment, and Kant. Certainly art or objects of painting and sculpture cannot be expected to compete experientially with this?


Like the Situationistshe rejected formalism as an exercise in aestheticswith its function to be aesthetic.

Joseph Kosuth

Kosuth’s works frequently reference Sigmund Freud philsophy psycho-analysis and Ludwig Wittgenstein ‘s philosophy of language. His visual environment in the part of the world in which he lived was fairly consistent. Views Read Edit View history. Traditional art too, suddenly seemed irrelevant. In his essay “Art after Philosophy”[9] he argued that art is the continuation of philosophywhich he saw at an end. This installation included tables in a row to present text somewhat symptomatic of the cultures of which they both came from.

Accordingly, we can say that art operates on a logic. When philosophy has availed itself of the results of science, it has not been by borrowing the abstract mathematical description of the pattern of events, but by borrowing the then current pictorial description of this pattern; thus it has not appropriated certain knowledge koskth conjectures.

Thinking is radically metaphoric. It would be a mere ejaculation, in no way characterizing that to which it was supposed to refer. In a sense then he is a primitive.

Art is the definition of art. Only recently did I realize after meeting Terry Atkinson that he and Michael Baldwin share similar, though certainly not identical, opinions to mine. Which means that it changed the nature of art from a question of morphology to a question of aftet. In itself this does anything but lead us into a dialogue about the nature of art.

He introduced the notion that art, as he put it, “was not a question of forms and colors but one of the production of meaning. The criterion by which we determine the validity of an a priori or analytical proposition is not sufficient to determine the validity of an empirical or synthetic proposition.

Actual works of art are little more than historical curiosities. Through his art, writing and organizing, he emphasized his interest in the dialectical process of idea formation in relation to language and context.

U B U W E B :: Joseph Kosuth – Art After Philosophy

If an artist accepts painting or sculpture he is accepting the tradition that goes with it. It could be instructions concerning how to ary a piece, as LeWitt was famous for, or it could be a piece that never even took on material form.

Yale University ; Cornell University: All art after Duchamp is conceptual in nature because art only exists conceptually. 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.


It takes no hold if there is nothing for it to haul from, for its thinking is the haul, the attraction of likes —I. Kosuth himself states that:.

I will then conclude by considering the cultural significance of the ideas which have been raised. InKosuth was awarded the Austrian Republic’s highest honour for accomplishments in science and culture, the Afte of Honour in Gold.

These conjectures were often good enough for the man-sized world, but not, as we now know, for those ultimate kosuht of nature which control the happenings of the man-sized world, and bring us nearest to the true nature of reality.

The viewer who experiences the work, as well as the artist who makes it, cannot fail to have a history, experiences, memories and beliefs about things other than art.

His analysis had a major impact on his practice as an artist and, soon after, on that of others. The nearly exclusive oksuth on the said by twentieth-century analytical linguistic philosophers is the shared contention that the unsaid is unsaid because it is unsayable.

Ayer 26 Here then I propose rests the viability of art. That is, it was ordinarily predictable as to what he would be coming into contact with day after day. We have the cinema, and color television, as well as the man-made spectacle of the lights of Las Vegas or the skyscrapers of New York City.

The vaccum left by the dissolution of traditional philosophy adt filled by these new artists who were suddenly creating work in kosuuth the idea was the central focus, what I like to think of as philoslphy as philosophy.

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Outside of the U. Formalist criticism is no more than an analysis of the physical attributes of particular objects that happen to exist in a morphological context.

LeWitt prized the idea over the object, taking our 20 th century redefinition of art one step further than the Abstract Expressionists who valued the process over the object. Clearly there is a sympathetic relationship between this opinion and that extolled by Kosuth.