Joseph Kosuth
Clock (One and Five), English/Latin Version 1965

Artwork details

Joseph Kosuth born 1945
Clock (One and Five), English/Latin Version
Date 1965
Medium Clock, photograph, colour, on paper and printed papers
Dimensions Support: 610 x 2902 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1974
On display at Tate Liverpool
Exhibition: An Imagined Museum

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Like many conceptual works, this is concerned with different modes of representation. It is thus an examination of a fundamental aspect of art. It brings together a real object with representations of different aspects of that object. It consists of a working clock, a photograph of it on the same scale, and enlarged entries from an English/Latin dictionary for the words, 'time,' 'machination' and 'object'. At the time, the artist was interested in 'linguistic anthropology' and the effect language has on the way we see and represent the world. He made a number of such works combining everyday things with photographs and descriptions or definitions translated from English into other European languages.

September 2004

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