Joseph Kosuth

The Language of Equilibrium
, 2007
Venice Biennale, Isola of San Lazzaro, Italy
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Born Toledo, Ohio, the United States of America 1945

Lives and works in London, England and New York, the United States of America


Joseph Kosuth is one of the pioneers of Conceptual and installation art, initiating language based works and appropriation strategies. At the heart of his pursuit is investigating the production, relationship, and role of language and meaning through art.

For more than 40 years, Kosuth’s works have taken the form of installations, museum exhibitions, public commissions and publications throughout Europe, North America and Asia. In addition, Kosuth has participated in five editions of Documenta in Kassel and five editions of the Venice Biennale.

Awards include the Menzione d’Onore at the Venice Biennale in 1993 and the Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government in 1993. In 2003 he received the Austrian Republic’s highest honour for accomplishments in science and culture, the Decoration of Honour in Gold for services to the Republic of Austria. In 2012 he was inducted into the Royal Belgian Academy.

​Public collections include:​ The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Tate Gallery, London; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Galleria Nazionale d’Arte ModernaRome; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and The Ludwig Collection, Germany. His work is included in most museum collections across the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia.





Joseph Kosuth

‘A Short History of My Thought’

AES+F, Ian Burns, Daniel Crooks, Angela de la Cruz, Marco Fusinato, Shaun Gladwell, Joseph Kosuth, Yinka Shonibare, MBE (RA), Daniel von Sturmer

The Armory Show 2011
, The Armory Show

Shaun Gladwell, Antony Gormley, Joseph Kosuth, Callum Morton, Yinka Shonibare, MBE (RA), Daniel von Sturmer

The Armory Show 2010
, The Armory Show

Joseph Kosuth

‘An Interpretation of This Title’ Nietzsche, Darwin and the Paradox of Content
, Carriageworks

Joseph Kosuth, Tracey Emin, Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley, Pierre Huyghe, Brendan van Hek, Lori Hersberger, Brook Andrew, Laurie Anderson, Kendell Geers

, Carriageworks

Recent Works

Joseph Kosuth

‘Mondrian’s Work XI’
, 2015
Silkscreen on glass, white neon mounted directly on the wall
200 x 200 cm

Joseph Kosuth

‘J.J. (F.W. #35)’
, 2012
Warm white neon mounted directly on the wall
65.7 x 464.8 cm

Joseph Kosuth

‘A/C (J.J.:F.W.)’
, 2011
Warm white neon mounted directly on the wall
16 x 125 cm

Joseph Kosuth

‘(Waiting for-) Texts for Nothing #8’
, 2010
Warm white neon, dipped in matt black, mounted directly on the wall
17.5 x 104 cm

Joseph Kosuth

‘(Waiting for-) Texts for Nothing #5’
, 2010
Warm white neon, dipped in matt black, mounted directly on the wall
17.5 x 422.5 cm


Joseph Kosuth

Joseph Kosuth: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
, 2004

Joseph Kosuth

An Interpretation of This Title – Waiting for – (Texts for Nothing)
, 2012
Macmillan Art Publishing


Conceptual Artist Joseph Kosuth

From The Saturday Paper, 28/10/2017
by Kate Holden

Joseph Kosuth is a big man, a big figure in the art world, a big intellectual. He moves in European art circles, New York society circles. His work gleams on the facades of august institutions. At lectures, he is introduced by serious characters with heavy accents, speaking of Freud, of Wittgenstein. Kosuth wears a beautiful […]

Joseph Kosuth bathes gallery in signature neon for first Australian survey

From The Art Newspaper, 16 October 2017
by Tim Stone

Exhibition brings high priest of conceptualism to Melbourne International Festival   The first survey in Australia of work by the US artist Joseph Kosuth opened this month at the Anna Schwartz Gallery in Melbourne. The show includes 19 works selected from across Kosuth’s career. Joseph Kosuth was a mere 24 years old when he penned […]

Joseph Kosuth: ‘The artists at the top of the billionaires’ lists are quite derivative’

From The Guardian, 14 October 2017
by Stephanie Convery

Joseph Kosuth was 24 in 1969 when he wrote his seminal essay, Art After Philosophy. It’s a staple of art theory classes everywhere these days, but when I ask him about it, he immediately reminds me how young he was back then. “I threw a lot of things in and maybe not quite as thoughtfully as I […]

Joseph Kosuth’s Conceptual Art Exhibition A Short History of My Thought

From ABC Books and Arts, 10 October 2017
by Fiona Gruber

American artist Joseph Kosuth is one of the pioneers of conceptual art, bursting on to the New York art scene in the mid 1960s at the age of 20, with intellectually challenging works that spawned a generation of acolytes and imitators. He works with language, mainly in neon, and mines the worlds of philosophy, literature, […]

Joseph Kosuth: A Short History of My Thought

From Art Guide Australia, 6 October 2017
by Tiarney Miekus

American artist Joseph Kosuth once said of his work, “All I make are models. The actual works of art are ideas.” As a leading figure in conceptual art since the 1960s, Kosuth’s bold neon statements, self-referential signs and minimalist installations are fuelled by his thoughts and philosophical underpinnings. Anna Schwartz is presenting a range of Kosuth’s text […]