Mel Bochner (Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, 1940) is one of the founders of Conceptual Art and Installation in the United States. He currently lives and works in New York City.
The 1966 Bochner Exhibition at the School of Visual Arts, “Working Drawings And Other Visible Things On Paper Not Necessarily Meant To Be Viewed As Art,” is often remembered as the most influential display of the Conceptual Art movement. Bochner has been creating works based on written language for 40 years and this exhibition, “Words, words, words…,” is the first to be held in Mexico dedicated exclusively to the experimental stamped work of this important artist.
For the past 20 years, Bochner has produced much of his print work in collaboration with the Two Palms studio in New York, and this exhibition focuses on his large-format works and incredibly material texts, produced using the studio’s hydraulic press.
Bochner’s text-based works have been exhibited over the last few years in various solo exhibitions at different museums, including The Jewish Museum, New York, 2014; the Haus der Kunst, Munich, 2013; Contemporary Art Museum of Serralves, Porto, Portugal, 2013; The Whitechapel Gallery, London 2012; The National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 2011; and The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 2006.
His work is in the collections of principal museums of the world.