New York

Mel Bochner

Sonnabend Gallery

Ideas and appearances do not have a comparable interest in Mel Bochner’s recent work, but they may come together in the future. I am not overwhelmed by much of this new work. I sometimes feel that I am looking at the products of a genius who has decided to make puzzles. Nonetheless I respond to Bochner’s ability to stick with, develop and elaborate a given idea or structure. I’m willing to engage with his mixed results in order to gain a clearer notion of the thoroughness of his mind. It is a mind which seems to shift increasingly toward intuitive, visual decisions and to be considering all the possibilities as it proceeds. This shift was evident in Bochner’s last exhibition here, particularly in Nonverbal Structures, the large piece consisting of six rectangles of color painted directly on three walls of a room.

The work shown this year, pastels on paper and a series of five black shapes

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