Kosuth, Joseph_Sprueth Magers_2

Joseph Kosuth

TEXTS FOR NOTHING (WAITING FOR-) #2
2011
white neon, dipped in matte black, and transformers
6 1/2 x 54 3/4 inches
Includes certificate of authenticity

In his 1969 essay “Art After Philosophy,” Joseph Kosuth stated, “The ‘value’ of particular artists after Duchamp can be weighed according to how much they questioned the nature of art…” Kosuth’s linguistic works of the 1960s forever changed the perception of what constituted an art object and cemented his status as early pioneer of Conceptual Art. As in many of his seminal works, Texts for Nothing (Waiting For-) #2 uses language to question (and confuse) the very nature of how meaning is created through language. Kosuth’s title comes from a Samuel Beckett work that is the source of the neon text. The passage reads, “But there is not silence. No, there is utterance, somewhere someone is uttering. Insanities, agreed, but is that enough, is that enough, to make sense?” Through the use of Beckett’s quote, Kosuth deftly poses a question about his own work, and about how all meaning is created. Joseph Kosuth has been in numerous exhibitions, including four Documentas and three Venice Biennales. His work is present in virtually every major museum collection, including Dallas Museum of Art; Guggenheim Museum, New York; and MoMA, New York.

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courtesy of the artist, sprüth magers, berlin and london; and sean kelly gallery, new york
gallery websites: www.spruethmagers.com, www.skny.com