Mel Bochner

Mel Bochner was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, in 1940. He graduated from the School of Art, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh in 1962.

Bochner is considered a pioneer of the Post-Minimal and Conceptual movements. He is best known for his paintings in which words appear repetitively or thematically, degenerating from polite to vulgar. Bochner explores systems of meaning in his work; looking at language, typography and colour, inviting us to think about the way each of these communicate meaning and how we, in turn, process it. Bochner has held teaching positions at Yale University, Connecticut and School of Visual Arts, New York.

In 2012 Whitechapel Gallery, London, staged the first UK retrospective of Bochner's work, which toured to Haus der Kunst, Munich; Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto; and Egeran Gallery, Istanbul. He has also had solo exhibitions at Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France (2017); Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, Massachusetts (2015); Jewish Museum, New York (2014); National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (2011); the Art Institute of Chicago (2006) and Musée d'art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva (2003).

Bochner's work is housed in numerous public collections including the Tate, London; Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris; Städel Museum, Frankfurt; Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh. 

Mel Bochner lives and works in New York.

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