MEL BOCHNER | IRASCIBLE
Property from a Private American Collection
signed, titled and dated 2007 on the stretcher bar
oil on velvet
36½ by 46½ in. (92.7 by 118 cm.)
This work is in very good condition overall. There is a minute scuff to the upper right corner. There is a fine layer of dust throughout. There are two hairline scratches below the word "of" above the lower edge, visible upon close inspection. Under ultraviolet light inspection there is no evidence of restoration. Unframed.
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Mel Bochner is a conceptual artist best known for his works incorporating language. Irascible, like all of his text-based works, takes its name from the first word in the series. The following words or phrases are all synonyms, some immediately recognizable while others more colloquial. In these works, Bochner explores the intersection of linguistic and visual representation, with the individualized color scheme of each word within the series serving to further this investigation. Bochner’s works are in the collections of Tate, London and Museum of Modern Art, New York, and have been further included in shows at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.