Joseph Kosuth is an American artist, leader of the Conceptual Art, born on January 31, 1945 in Toledo (Ohio, USA).
1945 in Toledo (Ohio, USA). He studied from 1955 to 1962 at the Toledo Museum School of Arts, in 1963 at the Cleveland Art Institute and from 1965 to 1967 at the School
of Visual Arts in New York.
He is known for his study of language and its meaning in art. Through his works and text-based installations, Kosuth examines semiotic expressions.
He creates installations and presents texts on billboards and in the advertising pages of magazines
He creates installations and presents texts on billboards and in the advertising pages of magazines, using dictionary definitions. His work is a linguistic analysis of the relationship between words, things and
Among his most famous works, the series One and three 1965 which appears as a first investigation. This work consists of an object, its photographic reproduction on a scale of 1 and its dictionary definition, and consists in the fact that the buyer can make the photograph himself of the chair of the art center in which the work would be exhibited.
The aim of his work is to “produce meaning”, even if it means banishing the aesthetic aspect of the work. Basing himself on a tautology: “Art is the definition of art”, he affirms that art is language, that art belongs to the domain of ideas, that it has nothing to do with aesthetics or tastes. He speaks about “artistic proposals” rather than ” artworks”.