Joseph Kosuth (American, b.1945) is a pioneering Conceptual and installation artist, known for his language-based works. Born in Toledo, OH, Kosuth studied at Toledo Museum School of Design, and later, at the Cleveland Art Institute. In 1965, Kosuth relocated to New York, where he attended the School of Visual Arts, but he soon abandoned painting in favor of conceptual works, creating his first language-based pieces in glass and assemblages.
Kosuth continually explores the role of appropriation, language, and meaning in art through installations, museum exhibitions, public commissions, and publications.
Today, his works can be found in numerous institutions around the world, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., the Art Institute of Chicago, the Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland, and the Freud Museum in London.
Kosuth lives in New York and Rome, where he teaches at the Instituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia.