Mel Bochner

(born in 1940)

Mel Bochner is a US artist who was born in Pittsburgh in 1940. He is one of the most important representatives of American conceptual art and is best known for paintings in which he experiments with writing and language. His popular Thesaurus series of paintings consists of a juxtaposition of synonyms and phrases in a rainbow-colour palette.

Bochner studied painting at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh and philosophy at Northwestern University in Evanston. He later taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York and Yale University. He received his honorary Doctor of Fine Arts in 2005 from the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.

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