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Available February 2015
Joseph Kosuth: Re-Defining the Context of Art: 1968 - 2014. the Second Investigation and Public Mediaby John Welchman
Synopses & Reviews
Joseph Kosuth: Re-defining the Context of Art is a theoretical reading of Kosuths media-related practice and includes essays by Gabriele Guercio, John C Welchman and Joseph Kosuth himself.
The book is richly illustrated with documentation of three groupings of works: The Second Investigation, 1968; Redefining the Context of Art at MIT List Visual Arts Center, 1997; and his retrospective at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven in 2004. These exhibitions all addressed the context of art by reframing Kosuths public media works, such as on billboards or the television, within the gallery and also by employing media tactics, such as his public questionnaires, within an art setting.
About the Author
Gabriele Guercio is an independent writer living in Milan, Italy. He has a doctorate in art history from Yale University and has lectured at the Universities of Rome and Naples. He has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery and a recipient of a J. P. Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Art and the Humanities. He is the editor of Art after Philosophy and After by Joseph Kosuth (MIT Press, 1991). He has written extensively on modern and contemporary art as well as the history of art theory.
John C. Welchman is Professor of Art History in the Visual Arts department at the University of California, San Diego. His books on art include Modernism Relocated: Towards a Cultural Studies of Visual Modernity (Allen and Unwin, 1995), Invisible Colours: A Visual History of Titles (Yale UP, 1997) and Art After Appropriation: Essays on Art in the 1990s (Routledge, 2001); he is co-author of the Dada and Surrealist Word Image (MIT Press, 1987) and of Mike Kelley in the Phaidon Contemporary Artists series (1999); and editor of Rethinking Borders (Minnesota UP, 1996). He has written for Artforum, Screen, the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, the Economist and other newspapers and journals; and contributed catalogue essays for exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), the LA County Museum of Art, and the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver).
Fiona Biggiero is artistic director of the Gervasuti Foundation in Venice, Italy.
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