New York

Mel Bochner

Sonnabend Gallery

Mel Bochner seems to be trying to prolong his status as precocious young master and to advance rapidly to the position of an old established one at the same time; his recent show took the form of a mini-retrospective, but nonetheless left one, once more, in a state of anticipation. The exhibition consisted of a large selection of previously unshown drawings from the last three years; they ranged from small fast sketches to finished works and, in total, retraced Bochner’s development since 1973. Over the past few years, Bochner has advanced from the stringent conceptuality of his earlier work, nurturing his involvement with theoretical logic and mathematics into a language of geometric forms. And while unmalleable materials, like stones or pennies, were previously the ironic, arbitrary signifiers of his ideas, Bochner has by now adopted almost exclusively the materials and methods of

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