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Joseph Kosuth (American, b.1945)
LOT ID: 79286
Nominated Object, 1990

Tables, Beechwood, Aluminum
19.7 х 19.7 х 19.7 in. (50.04 x 50.04 x 50.04 cm.)
Inscribed, with text, "The visual table is not composed of electrons" (from Ludwig Wittgenstein); with certificate issued by the artist
Edition of 12
Lot description
Artwork measures 19.7 x 19.7 x 19.7 inches (50 x 50 x 50 cm).

"Nominated Object" represents Joseph Kosuth's ongoing interest in making objects that challenge received notions about art. As if to belie its simple design, Kosuth's beechwood table bears a quotation from Wittgenstein that challenges the contemporary viewer to confront the Platonic distinction between reality and mimesis.

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. Although Kosuth originally experimented with painting, he began making conceptual works of art in 1965. He is the recipient of the Brandeis Award (1990), the Frederick Weisman Award (1991), and Menzione d’Onore at the Venice Biennale (1993). In 2003, he received the Decoration of Honor in Gold, the Austrian Republic's highest honor for accomplishments in science and culture. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY; Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY; and Sprüth Magers, Munich, Germany and London, England, among others.

Selected Public Collections:
Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy
Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Tate Gallery, London, England
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Nominated Object by Joseph Kosuth
  • Nominated Object by Joseph Kosuth
  • Nominated Object by Joseph Kosuth
  • Nominated Object by Joseph Kosuth
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