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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Monday, January 5, 2009

Victor Burgin

Victor Burgin (born 1941) is a British conceptual artist. Burgin first came to attention as a conceptualist in the late 1960s. He has worked with photography and film, calling painting "the anachronistic daubing of woven fabrics with coloured mud". His work is influenced by theorists and philosophers such as Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Michel Foucault and Roland Barthes.

In 1986, Burgin was nominated for the Turner Prize for his exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and Kettle's Yard Gallery in Cambridge and for a collection of his theoretical writings (The End of Art Theory) and a monograph of his visual work (Between).

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