3. Art after Philosophy’. Joseph Kosuth. The fact that it has recently become fashionable for physicists themselves to be sympa~ theeic towards religion marks. 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. Joseph Kosuth in: Arthur R. Rose, “Four Interviews,” Arts Magazine (February, ). Joseph Kosuth, “Introduction” in Art After Philosophy and After: Collected.

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At the School 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.

Works of art are analytic propositions. As Kosuth claims [Art After Philosophy, p For Kosuth then, aesthetics could not be the basis of good art. The meaning is the use. Certainly art or objects of painting and sculpture cannot be expected to compete experientially with this?

One way to look at the new art was expressed by Kosuth as a difference in language. It is in this kossuth that art shares similarities with logic, mathematics, and, as well, science. How else can one account for, given his theories — if they have any logic to them at all — his disinterest in Frank Phlosophy, Ad Reinhardt, and others applicable to his historical scheme?

These words, like actual works of art, are little more than historical curiosities, but the concept becomes a machine that makes the art beneficial, modest, rustic, contiguous, and humble. Thus, as Ayer has stated:. In a sense then he is a primitive. Certainly the monumental popularity of colour television and the increasing importance of the media in general was delivering spectacle on a daily basis, but philosopby was also delivering images of horror afted a way which was very accessible.


Certainly art or objects of painting and sculpture cannot be expected to compete experientially with this?

Joseph Kosuth – Wikipedia

Thus there is no final proposition. The definition, posted on the same wall as the photograph, delineates in words the phiolsophy of what a chair is, in its various incarnations. It takes no hold if there is nothing for it to haul from, for its thinking is the haul, the attraction of likes —I. Insofar as they are all free from contradiction, they are all true.

Within the essay, I will use inverted commas to suggest that a given term e. philosoophy

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Ayer 26 Here then I propose rests the viability of art. The works’ sometimes extensive labels were written by their curators, while the larger type statements emanated from various art historians, philosophers and social critics.

In other words, the value of Cubism — for instance — is its idea in the realm of art, not the physical or visual qualities seen in a specific painting, or the particularization of certain colors or shapes.

This caused a near revolt of the faculty, as he had been a disruptive presence in the opinion of many of the instructors, several who had unhappily faced his questioning of basic presumptions. I will then conclude by considering the cultural significance of the ideas which have been raised. As Sir James Jeans has stated:.

Often in fact, the closeness between science and philosophy was so great that scientists and philosophers were one and phiilosophy same person. InArt Forum printed a number of responses from artists to the question of the kinds of political action which should be taken by artists[21]. Kosuth himself states aftsr. LeWitt prized the idea over the object, taking our 20 th century redefinition of art one step further than the Abstract Expressionists who valued the process over the object.


One of his most famous works is One and Three Chairs. Traditional philosophy, almost by definition, has concerned itself with the unsaid.

This move could be validated in two ways: It also for him concluded at the time what he had learned from Wittgenstein—dosed with Walter Benjamin among others—as applied to that pyilosophy transitional moment in art. These conjectures were often good enough for the man-sized world, but not, as we now know, for those ultimate processes of nature which control the happenings of the man-sized world, and bring us nearest to the true nature of reality.

U B U W E B :: Joseph Kosuth – Art After Philosophy

Currently Professor at Istituto Universitario di ArchitetturaVenice, Kosuth has functioned as visiting professor and guest lecturer at various universities and institutions for nearly forty years, some of which include: Art is art-as-art and everything else is everything else. The main qualifications to the lesser position of painting is that advances in art are certainly not always formal ones.

His analysis had a major impact on his practice as an artist and, soon after, on that of others. Suddenly we knew what else was out there and had ways to analyze ruins and determine where we came from. That he denies his work is art but plays the artist is more than phulosophy a paradox.

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