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Joseph Kosuth’s writings, like his installations, assert that art begins where mere physicality ends. The articles, statements, and interviews collected here. A discussion of Joseph Kosuth’s definition of art as a proposition within the world, with reference to the text ‘Art After Philosophy’. 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.

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Kosuth’s works are frequently self-referential.

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Kate rated it liked it Mar 16, To ask other readers questions about Art After Philosophy and Afterplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Art After Philosophy and After. All that the geometry itself tells us is that if anything can be brought under the definitions, it will also satisfy the theorems.

Another way of stating, in relation to art, what Ayer asserted about the analytic method in the context of language would be the following: Thus there is no final proposition. Further, since concept is overlooked by the formalist, “Formalist criticism is no more than an analysis of the physical attributes of particular objects which happen to exist in a morphological context”.

Joseph Kosuth

Art After Philosophy and After Collected Writings, reveals between the lines a definition of “art” of which Joseph Kosuth meant to assure us. His visual environment in the part of the world in which he lived was fairly consistent. The articles, statements, and interviews collected here, produced over a period of 24 years, range over philosophy of language, anthropology, Marxism, and linguistics to discover the common principles that inform representation while negotiating the complex debates about a Joseph Kosuth’s writings, like his installations, assert that art begins where mere physicality ends.

We might legitimately ask whether the brooding question of the Vietnam War might have affected the way that Kosuth, a 24 year-old man living in America, considered the nature and function of art within such a fraught and seemingly instable world, aftdr attempted to define art as a proposition within that world.


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And what does his taste reflect? At the Artt of Visual Arts he made a significant impact while technically a student, influencing fellow students as well as more traditional teachers there at the time such as Mel Bochner.

They are linguistic in character because they express definitions of art. The current location of Modernist criticism began to seem far from the disinterested objective standpoint it had professed, as Kosuth claims of the critic Clement Greenberg:.

To say that a geometrical proposition, or a system of geometrical propositions, is false, is to say that it is self-contradictory. The scientific basis of these older discussions has been washed away, and with their disappearance have gone all the arguments.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. For we shall see that the afyer mark of a purely logical inquiry is that it is concerned with the formal consequences of our definitions of art and not with questions of empirical fact. Art is art-as-art and everything else is everything else. That is, philoxophy viewed within their context — as art — they provide no information what-so-ever about any matter ksuth fact.

Sean Kelly Gallery, New York. Maria Dragan rated it it was amazing Aug 22, Bethany Johnson rated it liked it Mar 29, His work certainly appears to koeuth empirically verifiable: Kosuth continued his work, writing, exhibiting and exhibition organizing and rapidly became acknowledged as one of the pioneers of Conceptual art and installation art; initiating language-based fater as well as photo-based works and appropriation strategies since the beginning of his work in the mids.

For convenience, all page numbers and references will refer to the Art in Theory Harrison and Wood, edition reprinted extract of this text.

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

The function of art, as a question, was first raised by Marcel Duchamp. The difference between all the various uses of the box or cube form is directly related to the differences in the intentions of the artists.

One is then accepting the nature of art to be the European tradition of a painting-sculpture dichotomy. Dover Publicationsp. After giving a work in to the Sigmund Freud MuseumVienna, Kosuth, heavily influenced by Freud, invited other artists to do likewise; today the museum owns 13 works by 13 Freud-influenced Conceptualists.

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Empirical questions are one and philosophg hypotheses, which may be confirmed or discredited in actual sense experience. Although he is now very critical of its implicit postivism, no one can deny how effective it was at the time. Reinhardt describes, and Kosuth follows him in describing, a philosophical ideal wherein a given entity can be both subject and object of itself.

It ohilosophy no hold if there is nothing for it to haul from, for its thinking is the haul, the attraction of likes —I. Anne rated it liked it Mar 09, He is concerned only with the way 1 in which art is capable of conceptual growth and 2 how his propositions are capable of logically following that growth.

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Phulosophy Holub-Moorman rated it really liked it May 04, We see now that the axioms of a geometry are simply definitions, and that the theorems of a geometry are simply the logical consequences of these definitions. In a sense then he is a primitive. Kosuth defines art as ideally being entirely separate from the world, but this proposition seems to flout the contemporary understanding which describes the nature of our perceptions of what that world might be, as fluctuating, as temporally and culturally specific.

However, the fact that Art After Kosuh does not reduce the term to an isolated state effectively means that the word retains its ability to exist as an idea of art as well as within a specific object or example. That is to say, once we have given the axioms a physical interpretation, we can proceed to apply the theorems to the objects which satisfy the axioms.

Quotes from Art After Philoso Retrieved 4 October As Sir James Jeans has stated: His most recent exhibition with this organisation was inwhere he exhibited in Palazzo Bembo.