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Solar System and Rest Rooms Writings and Interviews, 1965-2007

ISBN-10: 0262026317

ISBN-13: 9780262026314

Edition: 2008

Authors: Mel Bochner, Yve-Alain Bois

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Artist Mel Bochner became a writer, he says, almost by accident. In 1965, as a young artist in New York, he was out of a job; Arts Magazinepaid him $2.50 for every review he turned in, whether they published it or not; a month of review-writing paid his rent--$28.00 a month. His reviews and articles provoked a range of unexpected reactions. At that time, artists who wrote were looked at suspiciously, as if writing somehow tainted their visual practice, he writes. A painter friend attacked him publicly for joining the enemy. Bochner soon began testing the boundary between writing-as-criticism and writing-as-visual-art. Solar System & Rest Roomscollects both Bochner's writings on art and his writings as art, offering more than fifty pieces-- reviews, art criticism, theoretical texts, interviews, catalog statements, notecards, and his groundbreaking magazine interventions--many reproduced in facsimile. Bochner is a leading figure in conceptualism; his 1966 installation at the School of Visual Arts Gallery Working Drawings and Other Visible Things on Paper Not Necessarily Meant to Be Viewed as Artis considered to be the earliest exhibition of conceptual art. Solar System & Rest Roomschronologically documents the work and ideas of this important artist over a span of forty years, as well as providing a unique perspective on the conceptual and post-minimal art scene in New York. This book offers a rare insight into what it means to be an artist whose visual practice is inseparable from the sustained practice of writing.
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Book details

List price: $43.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 5/9/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 340
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.684
Language: English

Mel Bochner has lived and worked in New York City since 1964. His work has been exhibited internationally and is included in major museum collections throughout the world.

Foreword
Arts Magazine Reviews
Primary Structures
Art in Process - Structures
Systemic Painting
Review: Eccentric Abstraction
The Domain of the Great Bear
Less Is Less (for Dan Flavin)
The Beach Boys - '100%'
New York Windows
Review: New Dimensions
Consumer Testing The Warren Report: Kennedy's Assassination as TV Serial
Serial Art Systems: Solipsism
The Serial Attitude
Seriality and Photography
A Compilation for Robert Mangold
Alfaville, Godard's Apocalypse
An Interview with Elayne Varian
"Anyone Can Learn to Draw"
Review: 1969 Whitney painting Annual
Notecards
No Thought Exists Without a Sustaining Support
Excerpts from Speculation (1967-1970)
Misunderstandings (A Theory of Photography)
Notes on Theory
ICA Lecture
Axiom of Exhaustion
Three Statements for Data Magazine
Reflections on 7 Properties of Between
Book Review: Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972
An Interview with Lisa Haller
Ten to 10
Mel Bochner on Malevich: An Interview with John Coplans
Inside the Process: City University Lecture
Matisse: the Risk of Painting
Late Cezanne
Drawing
An Interview with Charles Stuckey
Renoir
Bannard: Painting as Becoming
From Idea to Experience: An Interview with Frederic Valabreque
Thoughts Reinstalling A Theory of Sculpture
Barnett Newman: Writing Painting/Painting Writing
About Eva Hesse: An Interview with Joan Simon
Notes on Continuous/Dis/Continuous (1972)
"How Can You Defend Making Paintings Now?": A Conversation with James Meyer
An Interview with Lizbeth Marano
Mondrian: "Always Farther"
July 20, 1973
Working Drawings and Other Visible Things on Paper Not Necessarily Meant to Be Viewed as Art
Misunderstandings (A Theory of Photography) (1967-1970)
Blue Powder Pigment Wall Pieces
An Interview with Christophe Cherix and Valerie Mavridorakis
An Interview with Mark Godfrey
Judd's Writings
Secrets of the Domes
Institute of Fine Art Lecture
Illustration Credits
Index