Mel Bochner, Kvetch, 2022

Artist: Mel Bochner (1940 - )
Title:Kvetch, 2022
Medium:Monoprint in oil paint with collage, engraving and embossment on hand-dyed Twinrocker handmade paper
Image:29 3/4 in x 20 in (75.6 cm x 50.8 cm)
Sheet:29 3/4 in x 20 in (75.6 cm x 50.8 cm)
Edition:A unique and original monoprint in oil paint.
Signature:This work is hand signed by Mel Bochner (Pittsburgh, 1940-) in pencil.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-7821


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Historical Description

Mel Bochner Kvetch, 2022 is an eye-catching presentation of brightly colored words formed in satisfyingly thick daubs of oil paint. The work is composed of three interations of the word "KVETCH," meaning to complain. There is something undeniably child-like in the large, sans-serif font, the pure colors, and the bold and unrestrained application of color, and it is perhaps the child-like nature of the piece that gives it its remarkable wit and humor, exemplary of Bochner’s smart and striking artistic style.

Bochner would choose words from a thesaurus, and arrange the words to fit a designated format, in this case, rectangle. Bochner elaborates on his process, comparing it to “a sort of degegeneration of language, as it moves from the more polite and formal to the more vulgar and bodily” (Bochner, A Conversation between Mel Bochner and Barry Schwabsky, Mel Bochner Monoprints, New York: Two Palms, 2012).  Pure oil paint with strong pigmentation make up the lettering of this language based artwork. The glossy and thick impasto of the paint is raised in a painterly relief against the mat, and flat background of the collaged paper base, providing for a visually alluring contrast in texture.

Created in 2022, this monoprint in oil paint with collage, engraving and embossment on hand-dyed Twinrocker handmade paper is hand-signed and dated by Mel Bochner (Pittsburgh, 1940 - ) in pencil. Mel Bochner Kvetch, 2022 is a unique and original work.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

1. Bochner, Mel. Monoprints: Mel Bochner: Words, Words, Words…New York: Two Palms, 2012. General information on Mel Bochner’s unique monoprints is discussed on pages 63-65.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Mel Bochner Kvetch, 2022 is presented in a complementary moulding.