Artworks and Artists
Joseph Kosuth
Born in Toledo, Ohio, 31 January 1945

Graziano Arici, photographer

Joseph Kosuth

Joseph Kosuth studied art at the Toledo Museum School of Design and the Cleveland Art Institute before travelling to France. He returned to the United States in 1965 and attended the School of Visual Arts in New York, coordinating the school’s Visiting Artists Program. In 1967 Kosuth founded and directed the Museum of Normal Art. That same year he became assistant to the director of the School of Visual Arts, coordinating the student gallery and writing art reviews. In 1968 he became a faculty member at the school.In 1969 Kosuth was asked to be a member of the editorial board of the Art and Language Press and American editor for the Art-Language Journal. He published his influential essay Art after Philosophy in Art International, becoming a leading theorist of the Conceptual art movement. In 1971 Kosuth studied anthropology and philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York. He was a founding member of the board of trustees of the Art and Language Institute in England.

As a Conceptual artist without a permanent studio, Kosuth has lectured, exhibited and travelled widely throughout North America, the former Soviet Union, Scandinavia, North Africa, South America, and the Orient.