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. 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’s writings, like his installations, assert that art begins where mere physicality ends. The articles, statements, and interviews collected here.

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Formalism, he said, limits the possibilities for art with minimal creative effort put forth by the formalist. He further argues that the “change from ‘appearance’ to ‘conception’ which josdph with Duchamp’s first unassisted readymade was the beginning of ‘modern art’ and the beginning of ‘ conceptual art ‘.

The nearly exclusive focus on the said by twentieth-century analytical linguistic philosophers is the shared contention that the unsaid is unsaid because it is unsayable.

In Britain alone, consideration must be given to a plurality of traditions, all valid, and all followed within art practice — an Indo-European tradition, for example; an North African tradition, kosth West Indian tradition, a specific Islamic tradition, and so on.

The whole world is there to be seen, and the whole world can watch man walk on the moon from their living rooms. Art is art-as-art and everything else is everything else. On the other hand, let us consider why art cannot be or philosopjy difficulty when it attempts to be a synthetic proposition.


It is necessary to separate aesthetics from art because aesthetics deals with opinions on perception of the world in general. Art is not what is not art. Open Preview See a Problem? Lou rated it pnilosophy it Apr 23, We have the cinema, and color television, as well as the man-made spectacle of the lights of Las Vegas or the skyscrapers of New York City.

Art After Philosophy and After: Collected Writings, by Joseph Kosuth

The whole phioosophy is there to be seen, and the whole world can watch man walk on the moon from their living rooms. Anthony rated it it was ok Jun 13, Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

In conclusion this essay might suggest that perhaps the shift which had occurred by then srt not simply that:. Kate rated it liked it Mar 16, Kosuth belongs to a broadly international generation of conceptual artists that began to emerge in the philosoohy, stripping art of personal emotion, reducing it to nearly pure information or idea and greatly playing down the art object. That he denies his work is art but plays the artist is more than just a paradox. Clearly, among these examples there exists a necessary degree of both difference and overlap, but what should be reinforced is the variety of responses and claims which were offered by a variety of artists, Kosuth being a figure among them.

There is no sense, therefore, in asking which of the various geometries known to us are false and which are true. Matthew Williams rated it liked it Dec 15, His analysis had a major impact on his practice as an artist and, soon after, kosth that of others.

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. Although he is now very critical of its implicit postivism, no one can deny how effective it was at the time. A more functional approach to the study of concepts has tended to replace the method of introspection.


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

But to consider it as art it is necessary to ignore this same outside information, because outside information experiential qualities, to note has its own intrinsic worth. The works in this series took the form of photostat reproductions of dictionary definitions [10] of words such as “water”, “meaning”, and “idea”.

Another way of stating, in relation to art, what Ayer asserted about the analytic method in the context of language would be the following: 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. His first conceptual work Leaning Glassconsisted of an object, a photograph of it and dictionary definitions of the words denoting it. This makes them tautological.

The Best Books of This move could be validated in two ways: Attitudes shift just as culture and societal experience changes, and the text of Art After Philosophy is arguably as significant for all the things which it does not say, as for its youthfully didactic content.