Self-defined in five colors, 1966

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Joseph Kosuth

Joseph Kosuth, Self-defined in five colors, 1966

© ADAGP, Paris 2019

© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

The color corresponds to the utterance; perception and meaning become one.

Joseph Kosuth breaks with strict conceptual language by means of a tautological utterance in neon of five words in five colours, thus creating a new chromatic allure. Self-Defined in Five Colors is a sentence in five words that defines itself. The color corresponds to the utterance; perception and meaning become one.

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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. 
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