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Description - Mel Bochner by Norman L. Kleeblatt

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300197341
ISBN-10: 0300197349
Format: Hardback
(286mm x 246mm x 19mm)
Pages: 144
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2014
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Norman L. Kleeblatt

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

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