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Mel Bochner, Ha Ha, 2019

Artist: Mel Bochner (1940 - )
Title:Ha Ha, 2019
Medium:Monoprint with engraving and embossment on Twinrocker handmade paper
Image:9 in x 20 in (22.9 cm x 50.8 cm)
Signature:This work is hand-signed by Mel Bochner (Pittsburgh, 1940 - ) in graphite on recto.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-6861
$19,000 $15,000

Historical Description

Mel Bochner Ha Ha, 2019 is a unique monoprint featuring Bochner’s famous lettering. Bochner has been interested in the intersections between language and art for most of his career. The artist writes in his book Mel Bochner: If the Color Changes: “While painting slowly lost its preeminent position in modern art, language moved from talking about art to becoming part of art itself.” Bochner is known for his use of lettering and bright colors, which create eye-catching and vibrant compositions. This monoprint features the word “HA HA” with each letter formed with a different vibrant pigment. Bochner deconstructs the idea of what ‘fine art’ is meant to be, much like his contemporary Andy Warhol did with his Campbell’s Soup Cans. Through the artist’s use of color and texture, Bochner is able to create a captivating work of art out of four simple letters.

Created in 2019, Mel Bochner Ha Ha, 2019 is a monoprint with engraving and embossment on Twinrocker handmade paper. This work is hand-signed by Mel Bochner (Pittsburgh, 1940 - ) in graphite on recto.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Mel Bochner Ha Ha, 2019 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the sale of the work).

1. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Mel Bochner Ha Ha, 2019 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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