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Details & Cataloguing

Contemporary Art Day Auction

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Mel Bochner
B. 1940
ALL OR NOTHING
i: titled on the stretcher
ii: signed, titled and dated 2014 on the stretcher 
oil on velvet, in 2 parts
overall: 231.8 by 194.6 cm. 91 1/4 by 76 5/8 in.
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Provenance

Simon Lee Gallery, London 
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2015

Catalogue Note

“From Aristotle, who thought of colour as a drug, to Derrida, who thought of it as a poison, colour has always represented excess and danger. It creates a surplus meaning, one independent of my intentions, which survives the reading of the text and continues to engage viewers long after they get the idea” (Mel Bochner cited in: Jeremy Sigler, ‘Mel Bochner’s Torah: Paintings that tell us to eff off while showing us the way in’, Tablet, 15 December 2017, online).

Contemporary Art Day Auction

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