Mel Bochner American, b. 1940


A founding figure of the Conceptual Art movement of the 1960s, Mel Bochner explores the possibilities of language as image, medium, and content in his works. The use of words as sources for painting stems from Bochner's interest in philosophy on the one hand, and humor and popular culture on the other. Repetition of words plays a role in Bochner's works as can be seen in our example. For some 45 years Bochner has explored the intersections of linguistic and visual representation, developing an art that causes us to read and see simultaneously—to "think" as we look.


Museums and Public Collections

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Ball State University Art Gallery, Muncie, IN, USA

Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Centre Georges Pompidou - Musée national d'Art moderne, Paris, France

Cleveland art Museum, Ohio

Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA, UK

Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, France

Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland

FRAC - Bourgogne, Dijon, France

FRAC - Bretagne, Châteaugiron, France

FRAC - Picardie, Amiens, France

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA

MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA, UK

MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, USA

MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA

Musée d´Art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, Canada

Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris

Museet for Samtidskunst / Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark

National Gallery of Art, Washington, WA, USA

Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

Städel Museum, Frankfurt/Main, Germamy

Tate, London, UK

The Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX, USA

University Art Museum University at Albany, State University of New York, NY, USA

Wexner Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA

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