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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Joseph Kosuth Quotes (Author of Art After Philosophy and After)

philsophy It is the aspect of art, or art-related things such as ideas, artists, practices etc. Although these artists Laurence Weiner and Victor Burgin should also be mentioned here were working towards similar ends at a similar time, it would nevertheless be wrong to perceive att as any kind of homogenous group.

The birth of conceptualism in art. The validity of artistic propositions is not dependent on any empirical, much less any aesthetic, presupposition about the nature of phliosophy. Thus there is no final proposition. That the world as perceived by twentieth-century science is a vastly different one than the one of its preceding century, need not be proved here. One can easily sympathize with his desire to connect, say, Tiepolo with Jules Olitski.

Thus, judgments on what it looks like correspond to taste, and we can see that throughout history different examples of architecture are praised at different times depending on the aesthetics of particular epochs.

It is only tautologies that are certain. The artist may construct the piece.

As a result, it has since been translated into 14 languages, and included in a score of anthologies. He acquainted himself intimately with shapes and lines; the shapes, squares, circles and triangles we know so well. The whole world is there to be seen, and the whole world can watch man walk on the moon from their living rooms.

One way to look at the new art was expressed by Kosuth as a difference in language. Formalist critics and artists alike do not question the nature of art, but as I have said elsewhere:. Kosuth himself did come to ameliorate his position. During this period he also maintained his academic interests. His work certainly appears to be empirically verifiable: Art After Philosophy and After Collected Writings, reveals between the lines a definition of “art” of which Joseph Kosuth meant to assure us.


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]. As Sir James Jeans has stated:.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. Art After Philosophy is no less valuable because Kosuth in time became less extreme in his opinions, nor because we read it now across a temporal cultural divide. In response to the debate surrounding conservative attacks on the National Endowment for the Arts in[6] Kosuth organized an exhibition entitled “A Play of the Unmentionable” focusing on issues of censorship and using works from the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

And neither does it comment on whether or not the objects analyzed are even works of art, in that formalist critics always bypass the conceptual element in works of art. 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.

If an artist accepts painting or sculpture he is accepting the tradition that goes with it.

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And the propositions in which we record the observations that verify these hypotheses are themselves hypotheses which are subject to the test of further sense experience. He focused on ideas such as volume, transparency and sequences, things he believed, as did the other conceptual artists, arh aesthetics pjilosophy importance. Sol LeWitt has always been one of those artists.

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 kousth what that world might be, as fluctuating, as temporally and culturally specific. Clearly there is a sympathetic relationship between this opinion and that extolled by Kosuth.

Rather than pin down his vocabulary here then, Kosuth instead frames it by incorporating kosufh 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.

Art is art-as-art and everything else is everything else. But whereas the other endeavors are useful, art is not. This site uses cookies. This essay will refer only to the first section of the original essay, as it is here that Kosuth develops the theoretical side of his argument. 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”. The function of art, as a question, was first raised by Marcel Duchamp.


Empirical questions are kosth and all hypotheses, which may be confirmed or discredited in actual sense experience.

The piece need not be built. The works in this series took the form of photostat reproductions of dictionary definitions [10] of words such as “water”, “meaning”, and “idea”.

The meaning is the use. This is seen later. The piece features a physical chair, a photograph ater that chair, and the text of a dictionary definition of the word “chair”. The vaccum left by the dissolution of traditional philosophy was filled by these new artists who were suddenly creating work in which the idea was the central focus, what I like to think of as art as philosophy.

Mentor Booksp. Rather the text should perhaps be considered as a historical document, emerging at a particular time in a particular continent and crystallising a particular set of culturally relative beliefs and assumptions.

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Hung on walls painted his signature dark gray, Kosuth’s later, large photomontages trace a kind of artistic and intellectual autobiography. Certainly the monumental popularity of colour television and the increasing importance of the media in general was delivering spectacle on a daily basis, aftwr it was also delivering images of horror in a way which was very accessible.

After all, man in even the nineteenth century lived in a fairly standardized visual environment. In our time we have an experientially drastically richer environment. Although he is now very critical of afrer implicit postivism, no one can deny how effective it was at the time. The piece may be fabricated 3. He spent time in the Peruvian Amazon with the Yagua [check spelling] Indians living deep into the Peruvian side of the Amazon basin.

Kosuth was awarded a Cassandra Foundation Grant inat the age of 23, as the choice of Marcel Duchamp one week before he died.