Mel Bochner [*1940] is recognized as a leading figure in the development of conceptual art in New York in the 1960s and 1970s.

Budding in a time in which the art of painting was very controversial, Bochner was part of a new generation of artists, which included Eva Hesse, Donald Judd and Robert Smithson - artists who, like Bochner, were looking for a way of breaking with abstract expressionism and traditional compositional devices. 

His groundbreaking introduction of the use of language in the visual made Harvard student and art historian Benjamin Buchloh to describe his painting work in 1966 as "probably the first truly conceptual exhibition".

Bochner become more mature during the second half of the 1960s, at a time of radical change in society as well as art.

As he slowly lost its prominent position in modern art, the language changed from "talking about art" to "being part of the art". 

Bochner has consistently studied the conventions of both the painting and the language, the way we construct it and understand it, and the way they relate to each other to make us more aware of unspoken codes that substantiate our engagement with the world.