The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Monday, December 22, 2014


New Works by Mel Bochner in Exhibition at Marc Selwyn Fine Art
Mel Bochner, "Ridicule", 2009. Oil on canvas, 80 x 60 inches. Photo: Richard Wedemeyer. Courtesy: Marc Selwyn Fine Art.
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Marc Selwyn Fine Art presents an exhibition by Mel Bochner.

One of the preeminent figures in the history of conceptual art, Mel Bochner has used verbal, mathematical and geometric systems to influence the content of his work since the mid-1960's. His "thesaurus paintings," which debuted at the Whitney Biennial in 2004, are characterized by experimentation and commentary on language. Each begins with an initial word followed by an array of synonyms ranging from the tame to the perversely slang. The eight paintings in this exhibition vibrate with exuberant, changing colors that interrupt the reading of the text. The viewer's mind goes back and forth between reading the content of the texts and experiencing them as formal compositions of color and shape.

The following is the artist's statement on his thesaurus paintings:

The tone of these paintings has something to do with the evolution of language in contemporary public discourse, from the polite and respectful to the nasty and insulting. There is an implicit narrative in that downward spiral that these paintings attempt to track. Each painting begins with the more formal words and then devolves into words and phrases that refer to the body and its functions, from the prim and proper to the crude and vulgar. To me it's related to the philosopher Alain Badiou's observation that "in the world there are only languages and bodies".

I'm often asked if these paintings are meant to be funny. Am I trying to be funny? That question always reminds me of the following exchange in Martin Scorcese's film "Goodfellas" between Henry, played by Ray Liotta, and Tommy, played by Joe Pesci:

Henry: You're really funny.

Tommy: What do you mean funny? You mean funny " ha ha"? You mean funny the way I talk? What?

Henry: It's just… you know. You're just funny.

Tommy: Funny how? What's funny about it? Tell me how I'm funny? Funny like a clown? I amuse you? I'm here to fucking amuse you? What do you mean, funny? How am I funny?

Henry: You know, how you tell a story.

Tommy: No, I don't know. You said it. You said I'm funny. How am I funny? What the fuck is so funny about me? Tell me what's funny.

Henry: Get the fuck out of here, Tommy.

Tommy: Motherfucker! I almost had you there.

Mel Bochner (born 1940) received his BFA from Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1962 and received an honory doctor of fine arts in 2005. He has exhibited throughout the United States and Europe and his work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. He currently lives in New York City and is a professor at Yale University.

Marc Selwyn Fine Art | Mel Bochner | Conceptual Art |




Today's News

March 11, 2010

State Historical Museum Opens "The Year 1812 in the Paintings by Vasily Vereshchagin"

Multifaceted Artist Beat Takeshi Kitano Exhbits at Fondation Cartier

MoMA Opens "The Modern Myth: Drawing Mythologies in Modern Times"

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Presents "ColorForms"

Table by Diego Giacometti Makes Top Price at Bonhams

New Works by Mel Bochner in Exhibition at Marc Selwyn Fine Art

Harriet Tubman Collection Unveiled by Smithsonian Museum

Jupiter Artland Announces Four New Sculpture Commissions

Art of the Islamic and Indian World at Christie's in April

Curators Claim "Lost" Emperor Portrait is Largest Mughal Painting Ever Seen

Bonhams to Sell ANC Charter that Recalls Century of Struggle in South Africa

The Ducks are Back! Duckomenta II-New Works and Finds

Works by Degas, Delacroix to Visit AGO in North American Exclusive

Musical Million is Made at Bonhams: Plague Survivor's 1692 Violin Sells for 54,000

Dozen Centuries-Old Shipwrecks Found in Baltic Sea

With Luis Camnitzer Exhibition, Daros Latinamerica Focuses on Conceptual Art

Museum of Contemporary Art Presents Ceal Floyer's First Solo Museum Exhibition

Marina Abramovic: Three Historic Films Presented by Creative Time

Jennifer Russell to Rejoin Metropolitan Museum as Associate Director for Exhibitions

National Postal Museum Announces Design and Architectural Firms for the William H. Gross Stamp Gallery

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Colossal statue of Amenhotep III unveiled on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt

2.- British royals crown New York visit with gala dinner

3.- Missing artwork rediscovered in "Stuart Little" sells for over 200,000 euros at auction

4.- Rossetti's Venus Verticordia soars at Sotheby's in London to sell for £2.88 million

5.- Russian magnate buys, then returns Nobel prize to American geneticist James Watson

6.- Egyptian Museum unveils four newly renovated halls of the famed Tutankhamun gallery

7.- 'The Secret of Dresden: From Rembrandt to Canaletto' on view at the Groninger Museum

8.- Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum reopens after three-year renovation

9.- More than 200 queries about works by possible heirs received on Nazi-era art hoard

10.- Attorney, artist and filmmaker reflects on the seven lessons learned at 2014 Art Basel Miami Beach



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site