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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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As he said to friends at the time: During this period he also maintained his academic interests. This installation included tables in a row to present text somewhat symptomatic of the cultures of which they both came from. On artt other hand, let us consider why art cannot be or has difficulty when it attempts to be a synthetic proposition. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Perhaps this can be answered by looking into the difference between our time and the centuries preceding us. To ask other readers questions about Art After Philosophy and Afterplease sign up. It is only tautologies that are certain.

Although he is now very critical of its implicit postivism, no one can deny how effective it was at the time. If an artist accepts painting or sculpture he is accepting the tradition that goes with it. All that the geometry itself tells us is that if anything can be brought under the definitions, it will also satisfy the theorems. Aafter 26 Here then I propose rests the viability of art. It is said to be false, not because it is formally defective, but because it fails to satisfy some material criterion.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. His analysis had a major impact on his practice as an artist and, soon after, on that of others. Thus, as Ayer has stated: It is in this context that art shares similarities with logic, mathematics, and, as well, science.

Rather than pin down his vocabulary here then, Kosuth instead frames it by incorporating a series of quotations from a range of critical thinkers into the matter of his essay, and it is this framing which becomes important as we consider his terminology. Painting is a kind of art.

He continued to exhibit in Venice during the Biennale from onwards, with the European Cultural Centre. Linkage by analogy is its constituent law or principle, its causal nexus, since meaning only arises through the causal contexts by which a sign stands for takes the place of an instance of a sort.

In itself this does anything but lead us into a dialogue about the nature of art.

Undoubtedly, as practitioners, we also recognise the multiplicity of the possible functions of art whereby the aims and intentions kosuty someone working site-specifically with sound-art would not be expected to necessarily afte to those espoused by a gallery-based text artist, but may not be seen as entering a hierarchy such as that suggested by Kosuth because of this.

Description Joseph Kosuth’s writings, like his installations, assert that art begins where mere physicality ends. One is then accepting the nature of art to be the European tradition of a painting-sculpture dichotomy.

Whether a geometry can be applied to the actual physical world or not, is an empirical question which falls outside the scope of geometry itself. Formalist criticism is no more than an analysis of the physical attributes of particular objects that happen to exist in a morphological context.


Art is not what is not art. Here then I propose rests the viability of art. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. That is, if viewed within their context — as art — they provide no information whatsoever about any matter of fact. What is the function of art, or the nature of art? Formalist critics and artists alike do not question the nature of art, but as I have said elsewhere:.

I would argue that no such singular tradition may any longer be assumed.

Art After Philosophy and After: Collected Writings, 1966-1990

After projects at public buildings such as the Deutsche Bundesbankthe Parliament House, Stockholmand the Parliament of the Brussels-Capital RegionKosuth was commissioned to propose a work for the newly renovated Bundestag inhe designed a floor installation with texts by Ricarda Huch and Thomas Mann for the. His visual environment in the part of the world in which he lived was fairly consistent.

Emanuelle Feitosa rated it it was amazing Jun 13, Matthew Williams rated it liked it Dec 15, Art After Philosophy was written inat a time when America was hung in a moment of considerable political and social imbalance. Accordingly, we can say that art operates on a logic. Art indeed exists for its own sake.

The one thing to say about art is that it is one thing. Often in fact, the closeness between science and philosophy was so great that scientists and philosophers were one and the same person.