New London show celebrates conceptual art

A new London show is celebrating the work of US artist Mel Bochner.

The Whitechapel Gallery is presenting an exhibition of Bochner's work in the Victor Petitgas Gallery until the end of the year.

Looking back at the past 50 years of the artist's career, the retrospective includes some of the key pieces of the modern conceptual art movement.

Highlights include a 30-metre wide painting as well as pieces that have been painted directly on to the walls of the central London venue.

Bochner, alongside other artists such as Sol LeWitt, Eva Hesse and Robert Smithson, emerged in the 1960s on the New York scene and he has been described by Harvard University art historian Benjamin Buchloh as responsible for "probably the first truly conceptual exhibition".

A number of pieces have been specially created for the show including a painting entitled Blah, Blah, Blah. One of the first pieces of the exhibition, the work consists of thick oil paint on black velvet.

Other Bochner work on show includes Theory of Painting, No Thought Exists Without A Sustaining Support, Two Planar Arcs and his Theory of Sculpture series.

The exhibition is also accompanied by a specially-produced catalogue which includes essays by three of the show's curators – Achim Borchardt-Hume, Ulrich Wilmes and João Fernandes. The catalogue can be purchased in the gallery show for £19.95.

Admission is free and the gallery is a short walk from Aldgate East and 15 minutes from Liv

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