Paul Kos

American, b. 1942

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Paul Kos

American, b. 1942

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Critically acclaimed California Conceptualist Paul Kos sums up his practice in terms as elegant, simple, and understated as his wide-ranging work: “Materials can be both form and content.” With his sparkling, sly wit, focus on the unique physical qualities of the materials with which he works, and mastery of associative logic, Kos imbues humble objects, sounds, and actions with deep significance. He has transformed faceless cuckoo clocks into former Soviet republics and a wooden broom into a poetic meditation upon the precariousness of perfect equilibrium. In Chartres Bleu (1982-86), one of his most famous works, Kos condensed 12 hours of light passing through a stained glass window at Chartres Cathedral into a 12-minute video, which played on 27 video monitors stacked in the same arched shape as the window.

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Biography

Critically acclaimed California Conceptualist Paul Kos sums up his practice in terms as elegant, simple, and understated as his wide-ranging work: “Materials can be both form and content.” With his sparkling, sly wit, focus on the unique physical qualities of the materials with which he works, and mastery of associative logic, Kos imbues humble objects, sounds, and actions with deep significance. He has transformed faceless cuckoo clocks into former Soviet republics and a wooden broom into a poetic meditation upon the precariousness of perfect equilibrium. In Chartres Bleu (1982-86), one of his most famous works, Kos condensed 12 hours of light passing through a stained glass window at Chartres Cathedral into a 12-minute video, which played on 27 video monitors stacked in the same arched shape as the window.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial
Articles Featuring Paul Kos
May 3rd, 2013
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