Reviews, art criticism, theoretical texts, interviews, catalog statements, notecards, magazine interventions, and other writings on art and art in the form of writing by a leading conceptual artist; many pages reproduced in facsimile.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 Magazine paid 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.
Solar System & Rest Rooms collects 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.
Solar System & Rest Rooms chronologically 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.
Mel Bochner has lived and worked in New York City since 1964.