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276. (On Color Blue)

Joseph Kosuth

Contemporary Art

On View: Great Hall, Center, 1st floor
Conceptual artist Joseph Kosuth reproduces a quotation from Austrian-born Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations, published in 1953. That volume, composed of 693 numbered paragraphs, examines the topic of language and its ability to create meaning. Wittgenstein’s text questions our perception of blueness; Kosuth responds in a sense by representing that text in glowing blue neon, as part of his own ongoing investigation into the elusive relationship between words, things, and their visual representation.
MEDIUM Neon tubing, transformer, and electrical wires
DATES 1990
DIMENSIONS 30 x 162 in. (76.2 x 411.48 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Unsigned
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Great Hall, Center, 1st floor
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ACCESSION NUMBER 1992.215
CREDIT LINE Mary Smith Dorward Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT © artist or artist's estate
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CAPTION Joseph Kosuth (American, born 1945). 276. (On Color Blue), 1990. Neon tubing, transformer, and electrical wires, 30 x 162 in. (76.2 x 411.48 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Mary Smith Dorward Fund, 1992.215. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1992.215_SL1.jpg)
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