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Mel Bochner (American, b.1940)
LOT ID: 72583
Measurement: 41/22 (in 3 parts), 1998

Oil, Acrylic, on canvas, in 3 parts
32 х 32 in. (81.28 x 81.28 cm.)
Signed, inscribed, Grey part: titled, inscribed, and dated '1998' on the reverse
Each part: titled and inscribed on the reverse
Lot description
Mel Bochner first began his ‘Measurement Series’ in the 1960s, at the onset of conceptual and minimalist art movements. Grounded in minimalist principals, Bochner’s ‘Measurements’ center around self-conscious and conscious perceptions by bringing into focus the work’s instinctive and fundamental context. Using written measurements as his subject, Bochner moves beyond painting and beyond its frame to consider the procedures through which meaning is communicated. His measurements include paper sizes, the spaces between art objects, and the distances to points within the physical surround. Continuing his engagement with measurements, Bochner’s 1998 painting ‘Measurement: 41/22’ is composed from three different sized and colored canvases that are connected through the cross of diagonal measurements. Bringing the paintings together, Bochner encourages the viewer to investigate the significance of the dimensions within the situation and how they relate to the individual canvases, the work as a whole, and the viewer’s experience.

A leading practitioner of conceptual art, Mel Bochner (b. 1940) was one of the first artists in the 1960s to introduce language into the visual field of art and continues to do so today. Known for his incredibly vibrant works which infuse linguistic and visual representations into his bold compositions, Bochner’s art pushes the viewer to think beyond seeing, interpreting exactly what’s presented to them through text and color simultaneously. Bochner received his BFA in 1962 and honorary Doctor of Fine Arts in 2005 from the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. The artist has held numerous exhibitions over the course of his career including shows at the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA), Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), and Musee d’art Moderne et Contemporain (Geneva, Switzerland), among others.

Select Public Collections:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY),
Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC)
Serralves Foundation Museum of Contemporary Art (Porto, Portugal)
Fotomuseum Winterthur (Winterthur, Switzerland)
Measurement: 41/22 (in 3 parts) by Mel Bochner
  • Measurement: 41/22 (in 3 parts) by Mel Bochner
  • Measurement: 41/22 (in 3 parts) by Mel Bochner
  • Measurement: 41/22 (in 3 parts) by Mel Bochner
  • Measurement: 41/22 (in 3 parts) by Mel Bochner
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