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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
'Blah, Blah, Blah' Limited Edition Color Shifting Print
By Mel Bochner
Located in New York, NY
‘Blah, Blah, Blah’ is an eye-catching silkscreen print with color-shifting ink by contemporary artist Mel Bochner. This piece was created in 2022 and is part of a limited edition of ...
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2010s Mel Bochner Art

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Screen

Amazing, 2019
By Mel Bochner
Located in Palo Alto, CA
Created in 2019, this monoprint with collage, engraving and embossment on hand-dyed Twinrocker handmade paper is hand-signed by Mel Bochner in pencil in the lower right. Mel Bochner ...
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2010s Modern Mel Bochner Art

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Handmade Paper, Engraving, Monoprint

Oh Well
By Mel Bochner
Located in New York, NY
MEL BOCHNER Oh Well, 2019 Monoprint With Collage, Engraving And Embossment On Hand-Dyed Twinrocker Handmade Paper 29 × 22 x 1.5 inches Frame included; held in hand made museum frame ...
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2010s Conceptual Mel Bochner Art

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Handmade Paper, Monoprint

Blah, Blah, Blah
By Mel Bochner
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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2010s Pop Art Mel Bochner Art

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Textile, Cotton, 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

Kick Against the Pricks
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 Edition of 30 Signed, dated, a...
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2010s Pop Art Mel Bochner Art

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Screen

Babbles
By Mel Bochner
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Mel Bochner Babbles, 2014 Monoprint in oil collage, engraving and embossment on handmade paper 11.75h x 9w in 29.84h x 22.86w cm Unique MeBo020
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2010s Contemporary Mel Bochner Art

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Acrylic

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

Four Color Quartets
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: 45 x 35 inches
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1990s Conceptual Mel Bochner Art

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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 (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 (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

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

"Everybody is Full of Shit" by American artist Mel Bochner
By Mel Bochner
Located in London, GB
Mel Bochner Everybody Is Full Of Shit, 2018 signed and dated on label, verso etched and silvered glass 63.5 x 88.9 x 3.8 cm 25 x 35 x 1 1/2 in edition 10 of 12 (+ 2 APs, 1 PP) Mel B...
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2010s Contemporary Mel Bochner Art

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Mirror, Engraving, Etching

If The Color Changes... etched mirror limited edition
By Mel Bochner
Located in London, GB
Mel Bochner If The Colour Changes..., 2018 signed and dated on label, verso etched and silvered glass 76.8 x 102.2 x 8.3 cm 30 1/4 x 40 1/4 x 3 1/4 in edition of 12 (+ 2 APs, 1 PP)
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2010s Mel Bochner Art

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Are You Out Of Your Fucking Mind? by American artist Mel Bochner
By Mel Bochner
Located in London, GB
Mel Bochner Are You Out Of Your Fucking Mind?, 2018 signed and dated on label, verso etched and silvered glass 63.5 x 88.9 x 3.8 cm 25 x 35 x 1 1/2 in edition of 12 (+ 2 APs, 1 PP)
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2010s Mel Bochner Art

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Mirror, Engraving, Etching

Untitled print by Mel Bochner (red and white)
By Mel Bochner
Located in New York, NY
One screenprint in colors on wove paper, 1984, signed in pencil, dated and numbered from the edition of 144 (total edition includes 18 artist's proofs), sheet: 1087 by 889 mm, 42 3/4...
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1980s Abstract Mel Bochner Art

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Screen

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