National Gallery of Art - EXHIBITIONS
In the Tower: Mel Bochner
November 6, 2011–April 29, 2012

In the Tower is a series of exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art centering on developments in art since midcentury.

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery. Please follow the links below for related online resources or visit our current exhibitions schedule.

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Works by
Mel Bochner
in the Gallery's Collection

Biography of
Mel Bochner

Permanent Installation
Mel Bochner: Theory of Boundaries (1969–1970)

image: The Diamonstein-Spielvogel Lecture Series: Theory of Boundaries: A conversation with Mel Bochner
The Diamonstein-Spielvogel Lecture Series: Theory of Boundaries: A conversation with Mel Bochner
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Modern and Contemporary Painting and Sculpture

Information on The Tower Project

Press Materials

Image: Mel Bochner, Amazing!, 2011, oil and acrylic on canvas, two panels, Courtesy Peter Freeman For some 45 years Mel Bochner has explored the intersections of linguistic and visual representation. As one of the pioneers of conceptual art during the 1960s, Bochner developed an art that causes us to read and see simultaneously—to "think" as we look. The exhibition will present 43 thesaurus-inspired paintings and drawings that span Bochner's career, including the thesaurus paintings Money, Die, Useless, Obscene, and Sputter; a new monochrome painting (Blah, Blah, Blah); and four major diptychs that have never before been exhibited (Master of the Universe, Oh Well, Amazing!, and Babble). The exhibition will also feature the artist's Portraits series of the 1960s, including several works on view for the first time.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art.

Sponsor: The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Suzanne F. Cohen and The Kraus Family Foundation. Additional support provided by Judith Racht and Irving Stenn Jr., The Exhibition Circle, and The Tower Project.

Schedule: National Gallery of Art, November 6, 2011–April 29, 2012