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Joseph Kosuth (American, b.1945)
LOT ID: 69818
Insurance (Art as Idea as Idea), 1968

Mixed Media, Stamp pen on paper
23.6 х 14.2 in. (59.94 x 36.07 cm.)
Signed, on the insurance certificate
Lot description
Joseph Kosuth’s “Insurance” was produced within a larger series entitled Art as Idea as Idea, a series that began in 1966 and strove to critically analyze the existing meaning and condition of art. A common component within the series was the written word, through which Kosuth brought into question the significance of art as it existed in the 1960s. "Insurance" is an example of one of the certificates of documentation and ownership that Kosuth chose to evaluate through this series, commenting that works of art can be made and remade for exhibition purposes thus belittling the originality and true purpose of art.

American conceptual artist Joseph Kosuth (b. 1945) developed his prolific career through works that challenged the meaning and place of art. He attended the Toledo Museum School of Design from 1955 to 1962, and enrolled in the Cleveland Art Institute the following year. In 1965, Kosuth attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and went on to study anthropology and philosophy at the New School for Social Research also in New York. Kosuth originally experimented with painting but in 1965 began making conceptual works of art that challenged the notion of what art can be. Kosuth’s works have been exhibited in over four hundred solo and group exhibitions, most notably at MoMA PS1, New York, NY (2009); Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, NY (2009); the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL (2007); and the Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY (2004).

Selected Public Exhibitions:

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Chicago, IL)
MOCA The Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, CA)
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
MoMA Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)
Insurance (Art as Idea as Idea) by Joseph Kosuth
  • Insurance (Art as Idea as Idea) by Joseph Kosuth
  • Insurance (Art as Idea as Idea) by Joseph Kosuth
  • Insurance (Art as Idea as Idea) by Joseph Kosuth
  • Insurance (Art as Idea as Idea) by Joseph Kosuth
  • Insurance (Art as Idea as Idea) by Joseph Kosuth
  • Insurance (Art as Idea as Idea) by Joseph Kosuth
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