Joseph Kosuth: Reflections on his Art

Joseph Kosuth, born in Todedo Ohio in 1945, is one of the pioneers of Conceptual art and installation art, initiating language-based works and appropriation strategies in the 1960s. He has taught and lectured at many institutions, including Cornell University, and is currently Professor at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura at Venice. He lives in New York City and Rome. Kosuth’s work has consistently explored the production and role of language and meaning within art. His more than forty-year inquiry into the relation of language to art has taken the form of installations, museum exhibitions, public commissions and publications throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia, including participation in 5 editions of Documenta and 4 editions of the Venice Biennale. Among his many awards, in 2001 he received the Laurea Honoris Causa Doctorate in Philosophy and Letters at the University of Bologna and in 2003 the Decoration of Honor in Gold for Services to the Republic of Austria.