Mel Bochner  If the Colour Changes

Texts by Achim Borchardt-Hume, João Fernandes, Ulrich Wilmes and Briony Fer
Ridinghouse 2012; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Haus der Kunst, Munich and Serralves, Porto
£28  |  $45

28.6 × 24.5 cm  |  11 1/4 × 9 5/8 in
224 pp, 140 full colour ill
ISBN: 978 1 905464 66 1

Published in conjunction with a major retrospective, this monograph takes colour as its guiding thread to highlight Mel Bochner’s rich and thought-provoking approach to photography, installation and painting.

One of the founding figures of Conceptual art, and one of its most astute critics, Mel Bochner combines colour and language in his work. 


This monograph focuses on the role of colour, the purity of thought and visual pleasure in Bochner’s most recent work – such as his series of paintings in which he used a thesaurus to generate humorous word chains – in relation to the artist's famous works from the 1960s and 1970s.


Alongside over 140 colour illustrations, Achim Borchardt-Hume discusses the role of colour in Bochner’s latest work; Ulrich Wilmes looks at new paintings in relation to past work; João Fernandes explores language; and Briony Fer considers notions of corruption in Bochner’s art.

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