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Reading Between the Lines of Mel Bochner’s Verbose Monoprints

Among the works for which pioneering conceptual artist Mel Bochner is known are his lush, textured paintings that burst with words. Made with the help of one of his favored tools, Roget’s Thesaurus, these paintings feature a single word spun out into its synonyms. In collaboration with Two Palms, the artist translates these works from canvas to paper, producing vibrant monoprints, which can be seen this week at the IFPDA Print Fair in New York.

Like the paintings from which they derive, Bochner’s prints are big. To stand in front of them is to be faced with a field of words. They march across these prints, spelled out in bold capital letters with rounded edges and executed in a brilliant assortment of pigments...

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