Designed by the founder of Conceptual Art, this elegant and precious artist's book—and exhibition catalogue—serves as a visual analysis of the conceptual structures that interrogate the nature of color, form, space, and time, where the works and writings of Post-war artists such as Castellani, Fontana, Manzoni, and Klein, converse with Kosuth's statements, and the theoretical as well as personal account of curator Cornelia Lauf.
The exhibition at Mazzoleni London incorporates a selection of works by artists proposed by influential Arte Povera artist Emilio Prini, initially invited by Lauf to mount a monographic show. However, a few months before his untimely passing in 2016, Prini requested that his long-standing colleague, Joseph Kosuth, replace him. For Mazzoleni, Kosuth created a site-specific installation that juxtaposes the dictionary definitions of colors (“white,” “black,” “grey,” “red,” “green,” “yellow” and “violet”) from his 1968 series Art as Idea as Idea with monochromes by Castellani, Fontana, Manzoni, and Klein utilizing those colors. A homage to all five artists and to the liveliness of art, this book alternates chromatic and achromatic parts in the same way as in the exhibition—with colors that match works of the same hue— and features detailed reproductions of all artworks and a concertina folder with panoramic views of Kosuth's installation.
Published following the eponymous exhibition at Mazzoleni, London, from May 19 to July 28,
Joseph Kosuth (born 1945 in Toledo, Ohio, lives and works in New York and Rome) 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.