Mel Bochner at the Marc Selwyn Gallery Fine Art
We visited with Mel Bochner at the Marc Selwyn Gallery last Saturday night in Beverly Hills. The exhibition of declarative words and cliches, “It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This” runs from April 18 – May 30. If you haven’t seen Marc’s new gallery designed by Frederick Fisher, it’s worth a visit for original adaptive reuse and architectural inspiration. Bochner’s paintings fill the space well.
As one of the preeminent figures in the history of conceptual art, Mel Bochner has used verbal, mathematical and geometric systems to motivate the content of his work since the mid-1960s. This exhibition continues his exploration of language in painting, and painting as a language.
Roberta Smith, in The New York Times, wrote of Bochner’s work in 2007, “The new paintings unleash something malicious, sharp and funny that has always lurked beneath the surface, conveying the rage of life while maintaining the artist’s characteristic surface of elegance, intellect and formalism. In a sense they are Expressionistic works, filled with pain, and grinning and bearing it.”