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Mel Bochner Art

American, b. 1940

Mel Bochner experimented with a range of styles before finding his eventual success as a pioneer in Conceptual art. An audacious 1966 show at School of Visual Arts (SVA) in Manhattan that he presented, “Working Drawings and Other Visible Things on Paper Not Necessarily Meant to Be Viewed as Art,” remains a seminal touchstone for Conceptualism.

Bochner was born to a Pittsburgh sign painter in 1940. While attending the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon) in the late 1950s, he studied color theory and modernist movements as well as classical drawing, a balance that was formative in his career. After graduation, he moved to San Francisco, creating paintings influenced by Clyfford Still and Jean Dubuffet.

It wasn’t until Bochner “found his way out of the labyrinth of late Abstract Expressionism,” as he put it to The Brooklyn Rail, that he began to create his most meaningful work. Following a stint auditing philosophy classes after a friend introduced him to the work of Heidegger, Bochner relocated to New York, finding work as a guard at the Jewish Museum. In Manhattan, he ran in the same circles as Dan Flavin, Brice Marden and Donald Judd.

“One of the conversations going on in New York in the late ’60s was about the relationship of the object to the art experience,” Bochner said. “...Younger artists like myself were talking about what it would mean to eliminate the object altogether.” This idea would become the foundation of the Conceptual movement, in which Bochner was instrumental. The artist is probably best known for his text-focused paintings, including a series that plays with the phrase “Blah Blah Blah.” He produces work that regards art as an experience, rather than an object, centering on the process of creation and viewership as opposed to the finished product.

Bochner’s “Working Drawings and Other Visible Things on Paper Not Necessarily Meant to Be Viewed as Art” featured drawings, notes and outlines from the likes of Milton Glaser, Carl Andre, Sol LeWitt and others as well as pages from Scientific American. Bochner, then an art history professor at SVA, photocopied the assemblage of works, added them to binders and positioned them on pedestals for the exhibition because the show’s organizers lacked the funds to frame the pieces.

Bochner’s works can be found in the collections of many major museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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Artist: Mel Bochner
"Gobbledygook" monoprint with collage, engraving and embossment by Mel Bochner
By Mel Bochner
Located in Boca Raton, FL
"Gobbledygook" monoprint with collage, engraving and embossment on hand-dyed Twinrocker handmade paper from Two Palms Publishing. Signed and dated Bochner 2017 lower right recto. Ima...
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2010s Contemporary Mel Bochner Art

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Oil, Handmade Paper, Engraving

8-foot "Thank You" monoprint in oil with collage, engraving and embossment
By Mel Bochner
Located in Boca Raton, FL
8-foot "Thank You" monoprint in oil with collage, engraving and embossment on handmade paper by artist Mel Bochner. Signed and dated in graphite on front lower right. Image size: 91 ...
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2010s Contemporary Mel Bochner Art

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Oil, Handmade Paper, Engraving, Monoprint

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By Mel Bochner
Located in Austin, TX
Monoprint in oil with collage, engraving and embossment on handmade paper Hand-signed along lower, right edge Publisher: Two Palms, New York
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2010s Contemporary Mel Bochner Art

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Oil, Handmade Paper, Engraving, Monoprint

"Money" monoprint in oil with collage, engraving and embossment by Mel Bochner
By Mel Bochner
Located in Boca Raton, FL
"Money" monoprint in oil with collage, engraving and embossment on handmade paper by artist Mel Bochner from Two Palms Publishing. Signed and dated Bochner 2023 lower right recto. Im...
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2010s Contemporary Mel Bochner Art

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Oil, Handmade Paper, Engraving

"Kvetch" monoprint in oil with collage, engraving and embossment by Mel Bochner
By Mel Bochner
Located in Boca Raton, FL
"Kvetch" monoprint in oil with collage, engraving and embossment on handmade paper by artist Mel Bochner from Two Palms Publishing. Signed and dated Bochner 2021 lower right recto. I...
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2010s Contemporary Mel Bochner Art

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Oil, Handmade Paper, Engraving

Mel Bochner "Blah, Blah, Blah" oil monoprint with collage, engraving, embossment
By Mel Bochner
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brightly colored "Blah, Blah, Blah" monoprint in oil with collage, engraving and embossment on handmade paper by artist Mel Bochner from Two Palms Publishing. Signed and dated Bochne...
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2010s Contemporary Mel Bochner Art

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Oil, Handmade Paper, Engraving

Kick Against the Pricks, Conceptual, Pop, Protest, Text Art, Signed/N - Framed
By Mel Bochner
Located in New York, NY
MEL BOCHNER Kick Against the Pricks (Blah..Blah...Blah...), 2018 Two color silkscreen on boutique silk fair paper with blue-colored back, 350 gsm paper Signed, dated, and numbered lo...
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2010s Conceptual Mel Bochner Art

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Screen, Graphite, Pencil

Blah Blah Blah (Inverse)
By Mel Bochner
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Mel Bochner Blah Blah Blah From the rare limited edition of 30 Published by Two Palms, NY Silkscreen on lanaquarelle paper Signed and dated recto in pencil 2022
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2010s Mel Bochner Art

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Lithograph, Screen

Second Quartet: Black and White
By Mel Bochner
Located in New York, NY
Mel Bochner is recognized as one of the leading figures in the development of Conceptual art in New York in the 1960s and 1970s. Emerging at a time when painting was increasingly dis...
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Late 20th Century Conceptual Mel Bochner Art

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Lithograph

Iron Point
By Mel Bochner
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Iron Point Aquatint, 1985 Signed and dated lower right (see photo) Annotated: AP 4/6 lower center (see photo) Titled lower left (see photo) Annotated: AP 4/6 (There was also a regula...
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1980s Abstract Mel Bochner Art

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Aquatint

Blah, Blah, Blah (Limited Edition face mask with Bochner's most famous text)
By Mel Bochner
Located in New York, NY
Brand new in original sealed packaging (not shown) - never opened MEL BOCHNER Blah, Blah, Blah Limited Edition Mask, 2021 Machine washable lightweight fabric with three layers of pro...
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2010s Pop Art Mel Bochner Art

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Textile, Cotton, Screen, Mixed Media

Four Color Quartets, Abstract Lithograph by Mel Bochner
By Mel Bochner
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Mel Bochner, American (1940 - ) Title: Four Color Quartets Year: 1990 Medium: Four Lithographs, signed and numbered verso Edition: 35 Overall Size: ...
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1990s Conceptual Mel Bochner Art

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Lithograph

Four Color Quartets (Second Quartet)
By Mel Bochner
Located in New York, NY
Suite $20,000. Individual Quartets $6,000. First Quartet 35 in. x 35 in. Second Quartet 35 in. x 45 in. Third Quartet 45 in. x 35 in. Fourth Quartet 45 in. x 45 in. Mel ...
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1990s Contemporary Mel Bochner Art

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Lithograph

Four Color Quartets (Third Quartet)
By Mel Bochner
Located in New York, NY
Suite $20,000. Individual Quartets $6,000. First Quartet 35 in. x 35 in. Second Quartet 35 in. x 45 in. Third Quartet 45 in. x 35 in. Fourth Quartet 45 in. x 45 in. Mel ...
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1990s Contemporary Mel Bochner Art

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Lithograph

Four Color Quartets (Fourth Quartet)
By Mel Bochner
Located in New York, NY
Suite $20,000. Individual Quartets $6,000. First Quartet 35 in. x 35 in. Second Quartet 35 in. x 45 in. Third Quartet 45 in. x 35 in. Fourth Quartet 45 in. x 45 in. Mel ...
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1990s Contemporary Mel Bochner Art

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Lithograph

Four Color Quartets (First Quartet)
By Mel Bochner
Located in New York, NY
Suite $20,000. Individual Quartets $6,000. First Quartet 35 in. x 35 in. Second Quartet 35 in. x 45 in. Third Quartet 45 in. x 35 in. Fourth Quartet 45 in. x 45 in. Mel ...
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1990s Contemporary Mel Bochner Art

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Lithograph

Untitled (Four X Four X Four)
By Mel Bochner
Located in Tbilisi, GE
Edition of 100 - Screenprint - From the 4 x 4 x 4 portfolio Signed
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20th Century Contemporary Mel Bochner Art

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Screen

Obvious
By Mel Bochner
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Mel Bochner, unique monoprint
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2010s Contemporary Mel Bochner Art

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Oil

Head Honcho
By Mel Bochner
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Mel Bochner, unique monoprint
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2010s Contemporary Mel Bochner Art

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Oil

Money
By Mel Bochner
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Mel Bochner, unique monoprint
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2010s Contemporary Mel Bochner Art

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Oil

Top Dog
By Mel Bochner
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Unique artwork, Mel Bochner, signed in pencil, includes COA
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2010s Contemporary Mel Bochner Art

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Monoprint

Blah, Blah, Blah
By Mel Bochner
Located in Tokyo, 13
LOT:20221011N01 Monoprint with collage engraving and embossment on hand dyed Twirocker handmade paper Signed Unique Provenance: TWO PALMS, New York
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2010s Mel Bochner Art

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Handmade Paper, Engraving, Monoprint

Easy Difficult
By Mel Bochner
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Oil and mixed media, unique monoprint
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2010s Contemporary Mel Bochner Art

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Monoprint

Obliterate, Limited Edition Silkscreen Print by American printmaker Mel Bochner
By Mel Bochner
Located in London, GB
Mel Bochner b. 1940 Obliterate 2018 silkscreen in 12 colours 50 x 40 in (127 x 101.6 cm) Edition of 30 unframed
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2010s Contemporary Mel Bochner Art

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Screen

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Head Honcho
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A bold artwork from renowned American Conceptual artist, Mel Bochner Head Honcho, 2013 features a stunning palette of bright colors. Horizontal stripes of different colored hand-dyed Twinrocker paper are collaged together to create a multicolored rectangular background. In a portrait orientation, twelve lines of text fill the composition from left to right, and top to bottom reading: “HEAD HONCHO TOP DOG, KING OF THE HILL, MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE. LAY DOWN THE LAW, CALL THE SHOTS, CRACK THE WHIP, RULE WITH AN IRON HAND, GOTCHA BY THE BALLS,” with each word alternating in color from the preceding. This array of synonyms is poignant on its own, while the graphic capital letters and striking colors add another layer of intensity. To arrive at this text, Bochner would choose words from a thesaurus, and arrange the words to fit a designated format, in this case, rectangle measuring roughly 30 inches tall and 20 inches wide. Bochner elaborates on his process, comparing it to “a sort of degegeneration of language, as it moves from the more polite and formal to the more vulgar and bodily” (Bochner, A Conversation between Mel Bochner and Barry Schwabsky, Mel Bochner Monoprints...
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Mel Bochner Blah, Blah, Blah, 2022 is a quintessential offering from American conceptualist, Mel Bochner, balancing and the artificial and organic nat...
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H 26 in W 34 in D 2 in
Going Out of Business
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Located in Boston, MA
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Blah, Blah, Blah
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Located in New York, NY
MEL BOCHNER Blah, Blah, Blah Limited Edition Mask, 2021 Machine washable lightweight fabric with three layers of protection, including a super soft two-ply cotton-blend jersey liner ...
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Blah, Blah, Blah
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H 3.9 in W 7.9 in D 0.3 in
As Good As It Gets / It Could Be Worse
By Mel Bochner
Located in New York, NY
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Mel Bochner, 'Thank You' Limited Edition Color Shifting Print, 2021
By Mel Bochner
Located in New York, NY
‘Thank you’ is an eye-catching silkscreen print with color-shifting ink by contemporary artist Mel Bochner. This piece was created in 2021 and is part of a limited edition of only 30...
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Mel Bochner art for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a wide variety of authentic Mel Bochner art available for sale on 1stDibs. If you’re browsing the collection of art to introduce a pop of color in a neutral corner of your living room or bedroom, you can find work that includes elements of blue, red and other colors. You can also browse by medium to find art by Mel Bochner in lithograph, etching, engraving and more. Much of the original work by this artist or collective was created during the 21st century and contemporary and is mostly associated with the contemporary style. Not every interior allows for large Mel Bochner art, so small editions measuring 8 inches across are available. Customers who are interested in this artist might also find the work of Peter Voulkos, George Condo, and McArthur Binion. Mel Bochner art prices can differ depending upon medium, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $295 and tops out at $50,000, while the average work can sell for $20,000.

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