Artist biography

Joseph Kosuth born 1945

American Conceptual artist. Born in Toledo, Ohio. Studied at the Toledo Museum School of Design and with the Belgian painter Line Bloom Draper 1955-62, then at the Cleveland Art Institute 1963-4. Moved in 1964 to New York and studied 1965-7 at the School of Visual Arts; afterwards joined the faculty. In 1965 began making word pieces in neon and his first Conceptual works (such as T01909) consisting of an object, a photograph of it and dictionary definitions of the words denoting it. These were followed by a series of 'investigations' comprising propositions on/about/of 'art' with the subtitle 'Art as Idea as Idea', including definitions from a dictionary or categories from the Thesaurus presented in the form of photostats or published in space purchased in newspapers. Co-founder in 1967 of an exhibition area in New York known as the Museum of Normal Art, and had his first one-man exhibition there the same year. Became in 1969 a member of the Editorial Board of the Art and Language Press, England, and American editor of the journal Art-Language. From 1971 studied anthropology and philosophy at the New School for Social Research, New York, and travelled throughout the world. Lives in New York.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.399