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In the Tower: Mel Bochner
November 6, 2011 – April 29, 2012
East Building Tower

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 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, Washington.

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.

Image: Mel Bochner, Amazing!, 2011, oil and acrylic on canvas, two panels. Courtesy Peter Freeman

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Audio and Video

Conversations with Artists: Mel Bochner
Audio, Released: November 22, 2011, (72:43 minutes)
Introduction to the Exhibition-In the Tower: Mel Bochner
Audio, Released: November 22, 2011, (60:28 minutes)
Press Event: In the Tower: Mel Bochner
Audio, Released: November 1, 2011, (59:03 minutes)
Diamonstein-Spielvogel Lecture Series: Theory of Boundaries: A Conversation with Mel Bochner
Audio, Released: July 20, 2010, (70:33 minutes)
Mel Bochner Installation: Theory of Boundaries (1969-1970)
Video, Released: August 3, 2007, (2:01 minutes)