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  • Mel Bochner, Meaningless, 2003, oil and acrylic on canvas, 45 x 60".

    Mel Bochner, Meaningless, 2003, oil and acrylic on canvas, 45 x 60".

    Mel Bochner

    The Art Institute of Chicago
    111 South Michigan Avenue
    October 5, 2006–January 7, 2007

    Curated by James Rondeau and Mark Pascale

    The wholesale reinvestigation of Conceptual art as history continues. Mel Bochner’s seminal work from the mid-’60s through the early ’70s has been repeatedly plumbed and shows no sign of being exhausted. But by taking language as its thread through fifty-five works on paper, paintings, sculptures, photographs, and installations from the past four decades, this show aims to bring the story up to the present. What remains to be seen is whether this goal can be coherently achieved without acknowledging the formal/coloristic investigations that began in his resolutely nonlinguistic wall paintings of the later ’70s and that follow through to his recent paintings in which “reading” and “seeing” confront each other like a couple of pit bulls.