Joseph Kosuth

American, b. 1945

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Joseph Kosuth

American, b. 1945

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In 1965, Joseph Kosuth moved from Ohio to New York, where he began creating experimental conceptual installations, museum exhibitions, and public commissions that explore the role of language and meaning within art. Kosuth's practice is highly self-referential, drawing influence from Sigmund Freud and Ludwig Wittgenstein's seminal theories. "The 'value' of particular artists after Duchamp can be weighed according to how much they questioned the nature of art," Kosuth has said. One of his best known works is One and Three Chairs (1965), a visual expression of Plato’s Theory of Forms. In the collection at the Museum of Modern Art, the piece features a wooden chair, a photograph of the chair, and a dictionary definition of the word “chair.” Plato’s theory asserts that non-material abstract forms (or ideas), and not the physical world, possess the highest and most fundamental kind of reality.

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Castello di Rivoli, and 3 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 14 more
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Tate, and 1 more
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Artforum, and 2 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 3 more
Biography

In 1965, Joseph Kosuth moved from Ohio to New York, where he began creating experimental conceptual installations, museum exhibitions, and public commissions that explore the role of language and meaning within art. Kosuth's practice is highly self-referential, drawing influence from Sigmund Freud and Ludwig Wittgenstein's seminal theories. "The 'value' of particular artists after Duchamp can be weighed according to how much they questioned the nature of art," Kosuth has said. One of his best known works is One and Three Chairs (1965), a visual expression of Plato’s Theory of Forms. In the collection at the Museum of Modern Art, the piece features a wooden chair, a photograph of the chair, and a dictionary definition of the word “chair.” Plato’s theory asserts that non-material abstract forms (or ideas), and not the physical world, possess the highest and most fundamental kind of reality.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Castello di Rivoli, and 3 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 14 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 3 more
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