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276. (On Color Blue)

Joseph Kosuth

Contemporary Art

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)
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
CREDIT LINE Mary Smith Dorward Fund
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
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)
IMAGE overall, 1992.215_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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