One and Three Photographs [Ety.]

One and Three Photographs [Ety.]


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Joseph Kosuth

(American, 1945-)

Vintage photograph, photograph of a photograph, photographic enlargement of dictionary definition of ‘photograph,’ original photo-certificate with original cut-out definition

Overall: 40.2 x 52 cm (15 13/16 x 20 1/2 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2009.1.a


In this work, Kosuth compared different ways to represent a photograph - an etymological dictionary definition of photograph, a vintage photograph by Carleton Watkins, and a life-size photograph of it. Photic or "penetrated by light" refers to the origin of photography and seeing. The artist makes a statement not about the objects but about our conventional means to register reality, and implicitly asks the question, is photography art? Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2009.1.1-3

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