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I think there’s an image of thought that changes a lot, that’s changed a lot through history. By the image of thought I don’t mean its method but something deeper that’s always taken for granted, a system of coordinates, dynamics, orientations: what it means to think, and to ‘orient oneself in thought.’ However one sees it, we’re on the plane of immanence; but should we go around erecting vertical axes and trying to stand up straight or, rather, stretch out, run out along the horizon, keep pushing the plane further out? And what sort of verticality do we want, one that gives us something to contemplate or one that makes us reflect or communicate? Or should we just get rid of all verticality as transcendent and lie down hugging the earth, without looking, without reflecting, cut off from communication? Gilles Deleuze, 1988

Sean Kelly Gallery is delighted to announce a major exhibition by Joseph Kosuth, which includes the new installation ‘À Propos (Réflecteur de Réflecteur)’. The opening of the exhibition will take place on Saturday, October 23rd from 6pm until 8 pm. The exhibition will continue through Saturday, December 5, 2004.

Joseph Kosuth is one of the pioneers of Conceptual art and installation art; initiating language photo based works and appropriation strategies in the 1960s. His work has consistently explored the production and role of language and meaning within art. His nearly 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 five Documenta(s) and four Venice Biennale(s), one of which was presented in the Hungarian Pavilion (1993). Awards include the Brandeis Award, 1990, Frederick Weisman Award, 1991, the Menzione d'Onore at the Venice Biennale, 1993, and the Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government in 1993. He received a Cassandra Foundation Grant in 1968. In June 1999, a 3.00 franc postage stamp was issued by the French Government in honor of his work in Figeac. In February 2001, he received the Laura Honoris Causa, doctorate in Philosophy and Letters from the University of Bologna. In 2001 his novel ‘Purloined’ was published by Salon Verlag. In October 2003, he received the Austrian Republic’s highest honor for accomplishments in science and culture, the Golden Cross.

Joseph Kosuth's work has been exhibited extensively since the early 1960's in numerous galleries and museums throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Recent and upcoming museum exhibitions include a series of large installations titled 'Guests and Foreigners'. Locations for this installation (often part of a retrospective) include Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway; the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany, as well as museums in Turkey, New Zealand and Japan. Major museum exhibitions are in preparation for London, England, St. Petersburg, Russia, Sydney, Australia, and Düsseldorf, Germany.


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Joseph Kosuth