Mel Bochner

Strong Language

Norman L. Kleeblatt; With a text by Mel Bochner

View Inside Price: $45.00


May 6, 2014
144 pages, 9 1/2 x 11
101 color + 11 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300197341
HC - Paper over Board

Published in association with the Jewish Museum, New York

An engaging exploration of the use of language in a complex and colorful series of paintings

Mel Bochner (b. 1940) is celebrated as a key Conceptual artist of the 1960s. Less well-known are his paintings made after that period: complex works based on an exploration of language, often crowded with typography in lush, contrasting hues that both embrace and challenge the painterly tradition.

Mel Bochner: Strong Language focuses on this important body of work, in which Bochner investigates the lines between text and image. Ranging from bold admonishments and witty emoticons to provocative floods of words, these works demonstrate conceptual seriousness, as well as delight in the playful potential of language. Norman L. Kleeblatt discusses the evolution of Bochner's art from his early word experiments through his return to painting, while Bochner offers a personal perspective. Both Kleeblatt and Bochner address the question of Jewishness in Bochner's work, particularly the ways in which the Jewish intellectual tradition embraces language as a visual expressive form. 
Norman L. Kleeblatt is the Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator at the Jewish Museum. Mel Bochner is a New York-based artist.

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

The Jewish Museum, New York
(05/02/14–09/21/14)

Masterworks of The Jewish Museum

Maurice Berger and Joan Rosenbaum; Entries by Vivian B.

...
View details
Action/Abstraction
Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940-1976

Edited by Norman L. Kleeblatt

View details
From the Margins
Lee Krasner | Norman Lewis, 1945–1952

Norman L.

...
View details