Almine Rech Shanghai is pleased to announce a two-part exhibition with the works by the renowned American conceptual artist, Joseph Kosuth, alongside a new body of works by the Spanish artist, Javier Calleja, on view from August 12 until September 17, 2022. It's Kosuth’s third solo show at the gallery comprised of fourteen neon works in eight colors titled ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four (Orwell)’ in both Chinese and English that pose the question Any Message?
In this recent series, Kosuth appropriates text from George Orwell’s 1948 dystopian novel 1984, a story which is a tragic illustration of what the world would be without the freedom to think and evaluate truth. Orwell’s unanswered question is mediated through Kosuth’s signature use of neon, toggling back and forth between languages and colors, demanding an answer of the viewer.
- Joseph Kosuth Studio