Mel Bochner

American artist

Mel Bochner (born 1940) is an American conceptual artist. Mr. Bochner received his BFA in 1962 and honorary Doctor of Fine Arts in 2005 from the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. He lives in New York City.


  • For my generation, Judd posed the same problem as Picasso did for the Abstract Expressionists; you either had to go over, under, around, or through him. Conceptual, process, and Earth Art, each in their own way, constituted a rejection of the ‘specific object'.
    • Mel Bochner (2005, p. 70) in: David Raskin. Donald Judd. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010.

Quotes about Mel BochnerEdit

  • 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.
    • Eleanor Heartney, review in "Art in America," 1995.

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