Biography

Joseph Kosuth (Toledo, USA, 1945) lives and works in London and New York.
Educated at the School of Visual Arts (NYC), the Clevaland Institute of Art and the New School for Social Research (NYC), he is one of the pioneers of Conceptual Art and installation art, initiating language-based works and appropriation strategies in the 1960s. His work has consistently explored the production and role of language and meaning within art. In 1971 his work “The Eight Investigation (A.A.I.A.I.) proposition 6” opened the first space of Lia Rumma Gallery in Naples.
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 Documenta V, VI, VII and IX (1972, 1978, 1982, 1992) and the Biennale di Venezia in 1976, 1993 and 1999.
His work has become part of major private and public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, NYC; the Tate Gallery, London; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC; the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC; the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome.
Awards include the Brandeis Award (1990), Frederick Weisman Award (1991), the Menzione d’Onore at the Venice Biennale (1993), the Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1993), and he received a Cassandra Foundation Grant (1968). In 2001 he received the Laurea Honoris Causa, doctorate in Philosophy and Letters from the University of Bologna, Italy. 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.
Currently Professor at Istituto Universitario di Architettura in Venice (Italy), he is holding the Millard Chair, an endowed professorship at Goldsmith’s, University of London. Kosuth has functioned as visiting professor and guest lecturer at various universities and institutions for nearly forty years.