Mel Bochner

Born 1940
Hometown Pittsburgh, PA
Lives and Works New York, NY
BFA, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, PA, 1962
Honorary DFA, Carnegie Melon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2005

Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Fogg Museum, Cambridge, MA
Tate Britian, London, England
Städel Museum, Frankfurt, Germany
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, QC
FRAC - Bourgogne, Dijon, France
FRAC - Picardie, Amiens, France

Peter Freeman, INC, New York, NY
Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
Galerie Nelson - Freeman, Paris, France
Galleria il Gabbiano, Rome, Italy
Two Palms, New York, NY

A pioneer of conceptual art in the 1960s, Mel Bochner is known for work that addresses the visual representation of systems, with a particular focus on the analysis of language. In his Working Drawings and Other Visible Things on Paper Not Necessarily Meant To Be Viewed as Art (1966), the artist exhibited binders containing Xeroxed copies of drawings, scribbles, and notes by himself and fellow artists—such as Sol LeWitt, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, and John Cage—on a pedestal, comically challenging the distinction between art and non-art. In the early 2000s, he began the Thesaurus Paintings, a series that extended his work from the 1960s. In these paintings, the artist creates brightly colored representations of the mutability of language, depicting lists of synonyms ranging from the eloquent and articulate to the colloquial and vulgar.

Bochner's work was included in many of the most significant early exhibitions of Conceptual art, including the seminal When Attitudes Become Form at the Kunsthalle Bern, curated by Harald Szeemann in 1969, and Information at the Museum of Modern Art in 1970. He has also been the subject of retrospectives at institutions including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. (2011), and the Art Institute of Chicago (2007).

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