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2005 Mel Bochner Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1940 acrylic and oil on canvas 60 x 80 in. (152.4 x 203.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the James F. Dicke Family © 2005, Mel Bochner 2013.49.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
3rd Floor, East Wing

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Bochner's fascination with language inspires him to fill notebooks with synonyms that he collects for months or even years before executing paintings based on particular "key" words. In Money, the varied colors Bochner chose for each word or phrase subvert a linear reading of the regimented lines. Slang terms like "cheddar" and juxtaposed with biblical phrases like "root of all evil" to highlight the rich vocabulary people use to describe the ubiquitous reality of currency.