Mel Bochner, ‘3 Photographs + 1 Diagram (Row C)’, Christie's

Mel Bochner (b. 1940)

3 Photographs__+ 1 Diagram (Row C)

four elements—black and white photographs mounted on board

each: 19 x 19 in. (48.2 x 48.2 cm.)

(4)Executed in 1966-2001. This work is number one from an edition of three.

Signature: 3 Photographs + 1 Diagram (Row C)

Saratoga Springs, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College; Columbus, Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University and Milwaukee Art Museum, From Pop to Now: Selections from the Sonnabend Collection, June 2002-May 2003, p. 91 (illustrated in color).

Klosterneuburg, Sammlung Essl, Contemporary Art from the Essl Collection and the Sonnabend Collection, New York, October 2004-March 2005, p. 104, (illustrated in color).

The Estate of Ileana Sonnabend, acquired directly from the artist

By descent from the above to the present owner

About Mel Bochner

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.

American, b. 1940, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York