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Mel Bochner

American, b. 1940

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Mel Bochner

American, b. 1940

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Biography

Mel Bochner’s approach and materials constantly vary; in fact, the artist formally disavowed allegiance to a single material in his famous essay titled “the Medium and the Tedium” (2010). Bochner—who has produced paintings, installations, and photography—is noted to be one of the most influential pioneers of Conceptual art, and the organizer of the first Conceptual art exhibition in 1966. A recurring theme in Bochner’s work is the relationship between language and physical space or color. This is famously demonstrated in his “Measurement” installations of the late 1960s, visualizing the exact dimensions of rooms and exhibition spaces, and thesaurus-inspired paintings of a single word and its synonyms. Bochner formally studied under Douglas Wilson and Wilfred Readio, though his eventual style would draw strong influence from the works of Clyfford Still and Jean Dubuffet.

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Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 14 more
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Tate, and 2 more
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Artforum, and 4 more
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documenta, and 4 more
Biography

Mel Bochner’s approach and materials constantly vary; in fact, the artist formally disavowed allegiance to a single material in his famous essay titled “the Medium and the Tedium” (2010). Bochner—who has produced paintings, installations, and photography—is noted to be one of the most influential pioneers of Conceptual art, and the organizer of the first Conceptual art exhibition in 1966. A recurring theme in Bochner’s work is the relationship between language and physical space or color. This is famously demonstrated in his “Measurement” installations of the late 1960s, visualizing the exact dimensions of rooms and exhibition spaces, and thesaurus-inspired paintings of a single word and its synonyms. Bochner formally studied under Douglas Wilson and Wilfred Readio, though his eventual style would draw strong influence from the works of Clyfford Still and Jean Dubuffet.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 14 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
documenta, and 4 more
Shows Featuring Mel Bochner
Articles Featuring Mel Bochner
What Does It Mean to Be Jewish? New York’s Jewish Museum Offers Almost 600 Answers
Feb 2nd, 2018
What Does It Mean to Be Jewish? New York’s Jewish Museum Offers Almost 600 Answers
Reading Between the Lines of Mel Bochner’s Verbose Monoprints
Nov 3rd, 2015
Reading Between the Lines of Mel Bochner’s Verbose Monoprints
Mel Bochner Proudly Pronounces “The Joys of Yiddish”
May 5th, 2015
Mel Bochner Proudly Pronounces “The Joys of Yiddish”
10 Trending Artists at Art Basel 2014
Jun 17th, 2014
10 Trending Artists at Art Basel 2014
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