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Joseph Kosuth

Joseph Kosuth

Born in 1945, in Toledo (United States)

Lives and works in New York and Rome 

In the late 1960s, Joseph Kosuth began challenging the very necessity of a work’s materiality. Language is at the core of Kosuth’s work; it is both a plastic tool and his field of investigation. 

Among his early pieces, One and Three Chairs (1965), simultaneously depicts a chair, a photograph of a chair, and its dictionary definition, establishing equivalency between the object, the image of the object, and the concept of the object. Self-Defined in Five Colors (1966) is one of the best examples of his approach


Guercio, Gabriele, Lyotard, Jean-François. Art after philosophy and after : collected writings, 1966-1990. Cambridge : MIT Press, 2002. 978-0-262-11157-7

Monk, Ray. "Joseph Kosuth" in Concetto, corpo e sogno=Concept, body and dream : Castello di Rivoli Museo d'arte contemporanea, [Rivoli-Torino, 29 maggio-30 luglio 2006]. Rivoli : Museo d'arte contemporanea, 2006. livret [s.p] Joseph Kosuth. Rivoli : Museo d'arte contemporanea, 2006.

Loyrette, Henri ; Bernadac, Marie-Laure ; Welchman, John C. Joseph Kosuth : ni apparence ni illusion : [exposition, Paris, Musée du Louvre, 22 octobre 2009-21 juin 2010]. Paris ; Gand : Musée du Louvre ; MER, 2010. 978-2-35031-277-4



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