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Mel Bochner, who is famous for his paintings that incorporate words, began experimenting with the phrase “Blah Blah Blah” in 2008. For Bochner, the saying was “the black hole of language,” as “Blah Blah Blah” could mean nearly anything when used in conversation. On one hand, the expression signals intimacy—those who …

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Alpha 137 Gallery

In the present work, Mel Bochner, famous for his conceptual word art, transforms the ancient proverb, "It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks", warning the individual against the difficulty of fighting authority, into a latter-day affirmative commandment to rebel, shouted in all caps: "KICK …

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Hand-signed by artist, Signed, dated, and numbered lower left in graphite by Mel Bochner
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Two Palms Press, Inc., New York, New York to benefit for Downtown For Democracy; Printer: Keigo Takahashi and Alison Sahmel, Two Palms …
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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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Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project
Selected exhibitions
2020
Mel Bochner: Oh WellTwo Palms
2019
MEL BOCHNER: Mirror WorksKrakow Witkin Gallery
Mel Bochner: ExasperationsSimon Lee Gallery
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Kick Against the Pricks (Blah..Blah...Blah...), 2018

Two color silkscreen on boutique silk fair paper with blue-colored back, 350 gsm paper
10 1/2 × 28 in
26.7 × 71.1 cm
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Mel Bochner, who is famous for his paintings that incorporate words, began experimenting with the …

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Alpha 137 Gallery

In the present work, Mel Bochner, famous for his conceptual word art, transforms the ancient …

Medium
Condition
Excellent original condition.
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, Signed, dated, and numbered lower left in graphite by Mel Bochner
Certificate of authenticity
Included (issued by gallery)
Frame
Not included
Publisher
Two Palms Press, Inc., New York, New York to benefit for Downtown For Democracy; Printer: Keigo Takahashi and Alison Sahmel, Two Palms …
Price ranges of medium-sized prints by Mel Bochner
Learn more
Browse works in this category
$7,500–$10,000
This work
$0
$52,500+

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.

Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project
Selected exhibitions (3)
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