Joseph Kosuth, Meaning (art As Idea As Idea), 1967
Meaning (Art as idea as idea), 1967
Photostat mounted on fibreboard. 100 x 100 cm. (39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in). This work is unique and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.
PROVENANCE Patrick de Brock Gallery, Knokke
The idiosyncratic American artist Joseph Kosuth approaches art with conceptual and intellectual reasoning rather than artistic intuition. Like Marcel Duchamp, he is primarily concerned with the definition and meaning of a work of art. The creative process is achieved through his method of conceptualization and is highlighted by his critical questioning of visual representation and perception. Meaning (Art as idea as idea), 1967, is a prime example of Kosuth's adoption of words and language as his artistic tools. Devoid of everything aside from the mechanically printed words, the work can be seen as both a visual and a verbal code – one that invites the viewer to engage with the dialectical relationship between the idea of art and the realized art object. Kosuth's preoccupation with language, meaning, relationships and the interpretation of visual information is, fundamentally, an enquiry into the very nature of art – with all the implications that suggests.