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Mel Bochner – Head Honcho

Mel Bochner, Head Honcho is a unique Monoprint with Collage, Engraving, Embossment, and Paint on Twinrocker handmade paper. This monoprint made in 2017 is signed and dated in graphite along the lower right edge.

Mel Bochner is an American Conceptual artist best known for his text-based paintings. Bochner’s popular thesaurus painting series, including Head Honcho, consists of lists of synonyms displayed in rainbow-colored palettes, often featuring a single word repeated in painterly capital letters, as seen in his seminal piece Blah, Blah, Blah (2008). “My feeling was that there were ways of extending, or re-inventing visual experience, but that it was very important that it remain visual,” he reflected on introducing text into his work. “The viewer should enter the idea through a visual or phenomenological experience rather than simply reading it.”

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 discussed as outmoded, Bochner became part of a new generation of artists which also included Eva Hesse, Donald Judd, and Robert Smithson – artists who, like Bochner, were looking at ways of breaking with Abstract Expressionism and traditional compositional devices.

Title

Head Honcho

Medium

Collage, Engraving, Monoprint

Year

2017

Edition

Unique

Signature

Signed, dated

Size 29.25 x 20.25 (in)
74 x 51 (cm)
Price Price on Request
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Mel Bochner, Head Honcho is a unique Monoprint with Collage, Engraving, Embossment, and Paint on Twinrocker handmade paper. This monoprint made in 2017 is signed and dated in graphite along the lower right edge.

Mel Bochner is an American Conceptual artist best known for his text-based paintings. Bochner’s popular thesaurus painting series, including Head Honcho, consists of lists of synonyms displayed in rainbow-colored palettes, often featuring a single word repeated in painterly capital letters, as seen in his seminal piece Blah, Blah, Blah (2008). “My feeling was that there were ways of extending, or re-inventing visual experience, but that it was very important that it remain visual,” he reflected on introducing text into his work. “The viewer should enter the idea through a visual or phenomenological experience rather than simply reading it.”

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 discussed as outmoded, Bochner became part of a new generation of artists which also included Eva Hesse, Donald Judd, and Robert Smithson – artists who, like Bochner, were looking at ways of breaking with Abstract Expressionism and traditional compositional devices.

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Title

Head Honcho

Medium

Collage, Engraving, Monoprint

Year

2017

Edition

Unique

Signature

Signed, dated

Size 29.25 x 20.25 (in)
74 x 51 (cm)
Price Price on Request