Mel Bochner

American | Conceptual Artist

b.1940

Mel Bochner [b. 1940] is recognized as one of the leading figures in the development of Conceptual art in New York in the 1960s and 1970s. Perhaps best known for his colorful paintings of words, Mel Bochner helped pioneer Conceptual art. In 1966, he mounted “Working Drawings and Other Visible Things on Paper Not Necessarily Meant to Be Viewed as Art” at the School of Visual Arts in New York, which is often considered the first exhibition of Conceptual art. In Bochner's work, perception constantly trumps idea, reaffirming the artist's belief that the sensuous is an essential element in even the most conceptual art.