Joseph Kosuth was born in Toledo (Ohio) in 1945. He now lives and works in New York.

Kosuth is considered a leader in the field of conceptual art : he has produced flagship artistic propositions such as One and Three Chairs, and is also the author of major theoretical works including Art After Philosophy, an article published in 1969 which has been quoted on numerous occasions. He studied visual arts in Toledo and in Cleveland as well as in New York, where he had many exhibitions and where he founded the Museum of Normal Art in 1967; during the 1970's he was also a member of the American collective Art & Language and wrote for the newspaper that bears the same name.

During Les Cent jours d'art contemporain de Montréal in 1989, a room was devoted to his installation which included an excerpt from Investigations philosophiques of Viennese philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. The work was entitled Ex Libris and it was made of a text in white letters on a black wall, punctuated with neon lights :

"A proposition, and hence in another sense a thought, can be the "experience" of belief, hope, expectation, etc. But believing, expecting, hoping are less distantly related to one another them they are to the concept of thinking."

Kosuth has been traveling the world for several decades; he participated in the Paris Biennale in 1985, exhibited at the Guggenheim in 2003 and had an installation at the Louvre in 2010 entitled Ni apparence ni illusion, made of fifteen neon sentences set up on old rampart walls, conveying the complex relationships of history, archeology and the visitor's experience.

Avoiding connotations in his works, Joseph Kosuth draws from philosophy and minimal art by dematerializing the works themselves, reinforcing their value in terms of the idea, the design and the formulation. Partisan of art as tautology ("art is the definition of art") and inspired by various language theories, he carries to the extreme the idea that the material support is nothing less than insignificant, and that the idea or the concept is, in itself, the artwork.








Joseph Kosuth
Ex Libris (Montréal), 1990
Screen printed text on acetate
55 cm x 83 cm
Edition of 10 - 3 available
$ 6 500 (framed) - (valued at : $ 13 000)