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Joseph Kosuth, Texts for Nothing #3, 2010, glass, white neon, black paint, 8 1/8 x 44 5/8".

Joseph Kosuth

Lia Rumma | Milan

Joseph Kosuth, Texts for Nothing #3, 2010, glass, white neon, black paint, 8 1/8 x 44 5/8".

In this exhibition, Joseph Kosuth’s newest work, “Texts for Nothing”: Samuel Beckett, in play, 2010, occupies the first floor of Lia Rumma’s new space in Milan. The other two floors contain older works, dating as far back as 1965—evidence of the American artist’s long collaboration with the Italian gallerist, whose first exhibition of Kosuth’s work took place in 1971.

To make his large new installation, Kosuth examined Samuel Beckett’s “Texts for Nothing” (1958), transcribing brief excerpts from it into white neon letters, some in English, others in Italian, which he mounted on the uniform black of the gallery walls. The glass tubes of the neon phrases are themselves painted black, making it difficult to read them, and the wall seems sprinkled with flickering luminous bands. It is necessary to stand to the side of or below the words, some of which are installed very high up

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