3. Art after Philosophy’. Joseph Kosuth. The fact that it has recently become fashionable for physicists themselves to be sympa~ theeic towards religion marks. Joseph Kosuth an American conceptual artist, lives in New York and London, after having . His seminal text ‘Art after Philosophy’, written in , had a major impact on the thinking about art at the time and has been seen since as a kind. Joseph Kosuth in: Arthur R. Rose, “Four Interviews,” Arts Magazine (February, ). Joseph Kosuth, “Introduction” in Art After Philosophy and After: Collected.

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Actual works of art are little more than historical curiosities. That perhaps he knows too much about the world to make those kinds arh conclusions?

Sooner or later the artist is implicated or devoured by politics without even trying. He is concerned only with the way 1 in which art is capable philosophhy conceptual growth and 2 how his propositions are capable of logically following that growth.

According to LeWitt, conceptual art must be mentally interesting. This caused a near revolt of the faculty, as he had been a disruptive presence in the opinion of many of the instructors, several who had unhappily faced his questioning of basic presumptions.

In response to the debate surrounding conservative attacks on the National Endowment for the Arts in[6] Kosuth organized an exhibition entitled “A Play of the Unmentionable” focusing on issues of censorship and using works from the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

Ruth Barker

According to Sol LeWitt, the new breed of artists associated with this conceptual movement were so-called because they concerned themselves solely with the conception of the idea and its realization. That is, if viewed within their context — as art — they provide no information what-so-ever about any matter of fact.


It could be instructions concerning how to create a piece, as LeWitt was famous for, or it could be a piece that never even took on material form.

Retrieved 4 October Art as art is nothing but art. For we shall see that the characteristic mark of a purely logical inquiry is that it is concerned with the formal consequences of our definitions of art and not with questions of empirical fact.

On the other hand, let us consider why art cannot be or has difficulty when it attempts to be a synthetic proposition.

The artist may construct the piece. Attitudes shift just as culture and societal experience changes, and the text of Art After Philosophy is arguably as significant for all the things which it does not say, as for its youthfully didactic content.

The piece need not be built. Accompanying these photographic images are certificates of documentation and ownership not for display indicating that the works can be made and remade for exhibition purposes.

Art is not what is not art. In other words, the value of Cubism — for instance — is its idea in the realm of art, not the physical or visual qualities seen in a specific painting, or the particularization of certain colors or shapes.

The artist creates a set of directions carried out by a team of artisans and a piece of art is born.

Views Read Edit View history. With the unassisted Ready-made, art changed its focus from the form of agter language to what was being said. A few examples will point this out. These conjectures were often good enough for the man-sized world, but not, as we now know, for those ultimate processes of nature which control the happenings of the man-sized world, and bring us nearest to the true nature of reality. Wiener SecessionVienna. His visual environment in the part of the world in which he lived was fairly consistent.


This makes them tautological. At the School of Visual Arts he made a significant impact while technically a student, influencing fellow students as well as more traditional teachers there at the time such as Mel Philosophh. That is, it was ordinarily predictable as to philowophy he would be coming into contact with day after day.

The Philosophy of Art after ‘Art After Philosophy’ « Ruth Barker

He spent time in the Peruvian Amazon with the Yagua [check spelling] Indians living deep into the Peruvian side of the Amazon basin. InArt Forum printed a number of responses from artists to the question of the kinds of political action which should be taken by artists[21]. It is therefore a purely logical system, and its propositions are purely analytic propositions.

This brings us to the realization that formalist art and criticism accepts as a definition of art one that exists solely on morphological grounds. The finished product was meaningless. There are no absolutely certain empirical propositions. It is necessary to separate aesthetics from art because aesthetics deals with opinions on perception of the world in general.

And what does his taste reflect?