Mel Bochner: Strong Language

by Norman L. Kleeblatt
Text by Mel Bochner

Yale University Press | May 6, 2014 | Hardcover

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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. 

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 144 pages, 11 × 9.5 × 0.98 in

Published: May 6, 2014

Publisher: Yale University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0300197349

ISBN - 13: 9780300197341

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Mel Bochner: Strong Language

Mel Bochner: Strong Language

by Norman L. Kleeblatt
Text by Mel Bochner

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 144 pages, 11 × 9.5 × 0.98 in

Published: May 6, 2014

Publisher: Yale University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0300197349

ISBN - 13: 9780300197341

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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. 

About the Author

Norman L. Kleeblatt is the Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator at the Jewish Museum. Mel Bochner is a New York-based artist.