Mel Bochner (b. 1940) rose to popularity in the 1960s and 70s by forerunning the Conceptual art movement in a time that painting was increasingly considered “dead.” Best known for his “text painting”, he introduced the use of language in a visual manner. This pioneering mode left behind Abstract Expressionism for a further extension of abstraction and conceptualism.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Bochner earned his BFA from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1962. By 1964, he was working at the Jewish Museum as a guard and living in New York, further developing his artistic vision and committing his practice to semiotic representation. Bochner’s works are in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., among others. Today, he continues to reside and work in New York, New York.

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