Joseph Kosuth (b. 1945)
Joseph Kosuth (b. 1945)

'One and Three Stools,' 1965

Joseph Kosuth (b. 1945)
'One and Three Stools,' 1965
mounted photographs and stool
photograph (stool): 31 ¾ x 23 3/8 in. (80.6 x 59.4 cm.)
stool: 24 x 13 ½ x 13 ¼ in. (61 x 34.3 x 33.7 cm.)
photograph (definition): 41 ¾ x 41 in. (106.1 x 104.1 cm.)
This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.
Luhring, Augustine & Hodes, New York, acquired directly from the artist
Private collection, New York
Anon. sale; Sotheby's, New York, 17 November 1999, lot 12
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
Joseph Kosuth: Made at Conception, exh. cat., Castelli Gallery, New York, 2016, p. 20 (illustrated).
Sale room notice
Please note the correct dimensions of the photograph (stool): 31 ¾ x 23 3/8 in. (80.6 x 59.4 cm.).

Lot Essay

“The function of art, as a question, was first raised by Marcel Duchamp...The event that made conceivable the realization that it was possible to ‘speak another language’ and still make sense in art was Marcel Duchamp’s first unassisted readymade. With the unassisted readymade, art changed its focus from the form of the language to what was being said. This change—one from ‘appearance’ to ‘conception’—was the beginning of ‘modern’ art and the beginning of ‘conceptual’ art. All art (after Duchamp) is conceptual (in nature) because art only exists conceptually” (J. Kosuth, “Art After Philosophy,” in A. Alberro and B. Stimson, Conceptual Art: A Critical Anthology, Cambridge / London, 1999, p. 164).

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