Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Joseph Kosuth


Joseph Kosuth (born January 31, 1945 Toledo, Ohio) is an American conceptual artist.His art generally strives to explore the nature of art, focusing on ideas at the fringe of art rather than on producing art per se.

One of Kosuth's most famous works is "One and Three Chairs", a visual expression of Plato's concept of The Forms. The piece features a physical chair, a photograph of that chair, and the text of a dictionary definition of the word "chair". The photograph is a representation of the actual chair situated on the floor, in the foreground of the work of art. The definition, posted on the same wall as the photograph, delineates in words the concept of what a chair is, in its various incarnations.

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