Joseph Kosuth

Castelli Gallery | Uptown

One of the things that Conceptual art reminds us is that contemporary artists tend to read a lot. If Joseph Kosuth had been honest enough simply to exhibit his summer reading list as his latest work, I might have been amused; it might have been a clever, if trivial, political gesture. But he didn’t stop at that.

His show looked like this: toward the end of the gallery was a large square table with four chairs each at three sides of it. In front of each chair on the table was a black looseleaf notebook; the first row of notebooks was marked “A” and numbered one through four, the second row marked “B,” one through four, and the third row “C,” numbered likewise. Each notebook contained eight pages of text numbered, e.g., “1.1–1.8” in the first notebook in each row, “2.1–2.8” in the second book in the row, and so on. On the wall opposite each row of chairs (and books) were eight identical clocks

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