Joseph Kosuth
A Last Parting Look (For C.D)
10 Feb 2006
Permanent Public Sculpture

A new public work for the city of London by Joseph Kosuth supported by The Arts Council of England.
Joseph Kosuth has inaugurated permanent public works all over the world, a list including Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Denver, Eindhoven, Figeac, Frankfurt, Frauenfeld, Hanover, Kyoto, Lyon, Leipzig, Ommen, Miyagi, Naples, Rome, Stuttgart, Tokyo, Torino, Ulm, Venice, Yokohama and forthcoming in Dublin, Frauenfeld, Stockholm, and Omaha.

On February 10th, on the wall of 22 Leathermarket Street, SE1 his most recent public work, the first of its kind in London, will be inaugurated.  For this work, Kosuth has employed a text of Charles Dickens. Kosuth’s choice of material for his first public work here reflects its location deep within the cityscape of Dickensian London, the location of both Dickens’s early years as well as much of the fictional world that he created.

Concerning such public works Joseph Kosuth has stated: “Working directly with a public space-outside of a specialized institutional frame-presents a new challenge of a particular type. The special task in doing such work is to make sure it is appropriate to the context, this is in terms of both the focus of the work, as subject, as well as the social and cultural context of the community which receives it and must live with it. An important consideration, and that which makes it a special challenge, is that it must be accessible to a non-specialist audience, while, at the same time, provide an enriching cultural contribution as it makes a serious addition to the body of an artist’s work.”

Joseph Kosuth is one of the pioneers of Conceptual art and installation art, initiating language based works and appropriation strategies in the 1960’s. His work has consistently explored the production and role of language and meaning within art. His more than thirty 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. Kosuth’s work is represented in multiple public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, USA; The Tate Gallery in London, UK; The Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou in Paris, France; and The National gallery of Canada in Ottowa, Ontario.

A Last Parting Look (for C.D) by Joseph Kosuth is curated by Laura Bartlett with the support of The Arts Council of England and Marldon.

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