Blah, Blah, Blah, 2018
Oil on canvas
24 in. x 20 in. / 61 cm. x 51 cm. Copyright Mel Bochner, 2019

Mel Bochner, born in 1940 in Pittsburgh, is an American conceptual artist. Bochner received his BFA in 1962 and honorary Doctor of Fine Arts in 2005 from the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.

Throughout his career, Bochner has questioned conventional art practices. After his studies at Carnegie Mellon, he moved to New York City and, like many of his contemporaries in the 1970s such as Eva Hesse and Robert Smithson, worked to create an individual statement through various modes of expression. His works range from installations and conceptual art, which he describes as rigorous intellectual works, to drawings, prints, and paintings that combine analytical and formal interests. Although labeled alternately as a conceptual artist, minimalist, post-minimalist, and even “neo-abstract expressionist,” his works are always deeply theoretical and defy categorization. While his manner of painting results in paint drips, smears, and layers that create a textured surface, Bochner insists on a rigorous drawing style that aims to display his thought process.

Bochner’s work has been exhibited at the Carnegie Mellon Miller Institute for Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh; the Art Institute of Chicago; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and the 2004 Whitney Biennial, New York; among other venues. He lives and works in New York City.

Courtesy of the artist

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