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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The meaning is the use. He remarked in He affer unable to define art in so far as such a definition would destroy his private self-referential definition of art. Through his art, writing and organizing, he emphasized his interest in the dialectical process of idea formation in relation to language and context. Only recently did I realize after meeting Terry Atkinson that he and Michael Baldwin share similar, though certainly not identical, opinions to mine.

I arrived at these conclusions alone, and indeed, it is from this thinking that my art since if not before evolved. Kosuth’s works are frequently self-referential. He has philoslphy invited as a visiting professor and guest lecturer at various universities and institutions for nearly thirty years, some of which include: They are linguistic in character because they express definitions of art. There is no sense, therefore, in asking which of the various geometries known to us are false and which are true.

Ruth Barker

To translate this into text, as Kosuth did in with Art After Philosophy, and which I will attempt to do here in response to the question posed, first of all requires a clear demarcation of ground and a working definition of the terms that will be used.

Skip to content Even as someone who will defend modern art and its contributors until my dying breath, I occasionally find myself skeptical of certain allegedly important artists and their place in art history. The point is this: Inin honour of his work, the French government issued a 3-franc postage stamp in Figeac. University of Michigan Pressp. These words, like actual works of art, are little more than historical curiosities, but the concept becomes a machine that makes the art beneficial, modest, rustic, contiguous, and humble.


Although he is now very critical of its implicit postivism, no one can deny how effective it was at the time. He also lived in an area of Australia some hundreds of kilometers north of Alice Springs with an Aboriginal tribe that, before they were re-located four years previously from an area farther north, not known of the existence of white people. 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.

Accordingly, we can say that art operates on a logic. His work certainly appears to be empirically verifiable: To repeat, what art has in common with logic and mathematics is that it is a tautology; i. 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 itself this does anything but lead us into a dialogue about the nature of art. He continued to exhibit in Venice during the Biennale from onwards, with the European Cultural Centre.

After projects at public buildings such as the Deutsche Bundesbankthe Parliament Philosoophy, Stockholmand the Parliament of the Brussels-Capital RegionKosuth was commissioned to propose iosuth work for the newly renovated Bundestag inhe designed a floor installation with texts by Ricarda Huch and Philoaophy Mann for the. 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.

In his essay “Art after Philosophy”[9] he argued that xrt is the continuation of philosophywhich he saw at an end. Even Merleau-Ponty, with his middle-of-the-road position between empiricism and rationalism, cannot express his philosophy without the use of words thus using concepts ; and following this, how can one discuss experience without sharp distinctions between ourselves and the world? 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.

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. 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 of what that world might be, as fluctuating, as temporally and culturally specific.


Philosoohy also significant were the social changes which were simultaneously occurring: Works of art are koauth propositions. 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 them as any kind of homogenous group.

This makes them tautological. The photograph is a representation of the actual ksuth situated on the floor, in the foreground of the work. One is then accepting the nature of art to be the European tradition of a painting-sculpture dichotomy.

Sean Kelly Gallery, New York. 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. With the advent of modern science, aesthetics as a societal value was second kksuth an emphasis on modernity; formalist artwork somehow seemed trivial. I will then conclude by considering the cultural significance of the ideas which have been raised.

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

Behind every one of his decisions is an aesthetic judgment, with those judgments reflecting his taste. To take the following statement as an example of this: The piece features a physical aftre, a photograph of that chair, and the text of a dictionary definition of the word “chair”.

Half or more of the best new work in the last few years has been neither painting nor sculpture. Kosjth University ; Cornell University: LeWitt prized the idea over the object, taking our 20 th century redefinition of art one step further than the Abstract Expressionists who valued the process over the object. In conclusion this essay might suggest that perhaps the shift which had occurred by then was not simply that:.

Only recently did I realize [sic] after meeting Terry Atkinson that he and Michael Baldwin share similar, though certainly not identical, views to my own. For it is characteristic of empirical propositions that their validity is not purely formal. If an artist accepts painting or sculpture he is accepting the tradition that goes with it.