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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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How else can one account for, given his theories kosuhh if they have any logic to them at all — his disinterest in Frank Stella, Ad Reinhardt, and others applicable to his historical scheme? Perhaps one result of this degree of post-modern layering of experience has been to suggest a definition of art which is far less concrete that that which Art After Philosophy chases, and flexible enough to allow difference to become a strength. arf

Anne rated it liked it Mar 09, Reinhardt describes, and Kosuth follows him in describing, a philosophical ideal wherein a given entity can be both subject and object of itself. And what does his taste reflect? Art After Philosophy and After: The piece features a kosutj chair, a photograph of that chair, and the text of a dictionary definition of the word “chair”. Another way of stating, in relation to art, what Ayer asserted about the analytic method in the context of language would be the following: Be the first to ask a question about Art After Philosophy and After.

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.

The oosuth, statements, and interviews collected here, produced over a period of twenty-four years, range over philosophy of language, anthropology, Marxism, and linguistics to discover the common principles aftfr inform representation while negotiating the endlessly complex afteer about art of the last two decades. Art is art-as-art and everything else is everything else. Inthe Staatsgalerie Stuttgart and the Kunsthalle Bielefeld organized another major Kosuth retrospective.

Certainly the monumental popularity of colour television and the kosuh importance of the media in general was delivering spectacle on a daily basis, but it was also delivering images of horror in a way which was very accessible.

Rooted in Freud, Wittgenstein, and French theory, Kosuth’s work investigates the linguistic nature of art propositions and the role of social, institutional, psychological, and ethnological context.


InKosuth was awarded the Austrian Republic’s highest honour for accomplishments in science and culture, the Decoration of Honour in Gold. However, the fact that Art After Philosophy 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. 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.

Instead of attempting to grasp or describe concepts bare, so to speak, the psychologist investigates the way in which they function as ingredients in beliefs and in judgments. And this questioning of the nature of art is a very important concept in understanding the function of art.

Lou rated it liked it Apr 23, This makes them tautological.

The Philosophy of Art after ‘Art After Philosophy’ « Ruth Barker

He also spent time in the Trobriand islands with the aboriginal tribe that Malinowski had studied and wrote on. Rey Kouth rated it really liked it Jun 21, 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”.

Such an argument is the case of a preconceived notion ordering together not necessarily related facts. It is important to state, however, that this approach was not the only one pursued as Modernism as a tract began to become unfashionable.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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.

The whole world is there to be seen, and the whole world can watch man walk on the moon from their living rooms. It is necessary to separate aesthetics from art because aesthetics deals with opinions on perception of the world in general. Ceci Lia rated it it was amazing May 30, But we can use a geometry to reason about physical space. Open Preview See kosutth Problem?

Quotes from Art After Philoso Frank Jones rated it really liked it Apr 14, Return to Book Page. Insofar as they are all free from contradiction, they are all true. Not simply do we now consider the breadth of art practice in terms of a range of cultural influence, but the traditions of habitually separate discourses are also becoming less easy to distinguish[25].


Thus, as Ayer has stated:. 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, a West Indian tradition, a specific Islamic tradition, and so on.

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

I will then conclude by considering the cultural significance of the ideas which have been raised. Kate rated it liked it Mar 16, Although he is now very critical of its implicit postivism, no one can deny how effective it was at the time. Accompanying these photographic images are certificates of documentation and ownership not for display indicating that the works can be made and remade for exhibition purposes.

For it is characteristic of empirical propositions that their validity is not purely formal. Empirical questions are one and all hypotheses, which may be confirmed or discredited in actual sense experience.

Undoubtedly, as practitioners, we also recognise the multiplicity of the possible functions of art whereby the phliosophy and intentions of someone working site-specifically with sound-art would not be expected to necessarily relate 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. One consequence of this is that the standard philosophical discussions of many problems, such as those of causality and free will orof materialism or mentalism, are based on an interpretation of the pattern of events which is no longer tenable.

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Kisuth, as Ayer has stated: He is the President of the foundation. When philosophy has availed itself of the results of science, it has not been by borrowing the abstract mathematical description of the pattern of events, but by borrowing the then current pictorial description of this pattern; thus it has not appropriated certain knowledge but conjectures.

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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. That is, it was ordinarily predictable as to wrt he would be coming into contact with day after day. Chiara rated it it was amazing Apr 02, Book ratings by Goodreads.