Artist Talk

October 17, 2020
Portrait of Mel Bochner, Rome, 1985. Photograph by Lizbeth Marano.

For this conversation, organized by Magazzino, American Conceptual artist Mel Bochner discusses his work from the 1960s to the present, with a focus on his long-term, but understudied, interest in the work of postwar art in Italy with Magazzino’s 2019–20 Scholar-in-Residence Tenley Bick (and Assistant Professor of Global Contemporary Art at Florida State University). Specific attention is paid to Bochner’s interest in Italian Arte Povera artist Alighiero Boetti and Italian-Argentine artist Lucio Fontana, highlighting “resonances” between art on either side of the Atlantic in the 1960s and 1970s and Bochner’s experiences in Italy.

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