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Mel Bochner

Skeleton (Skew)
1979–1981
charcoal
30 x 50 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase

In 1978 Mel Bochner began a series of "skeleton" drawings in which the outlines of primary shapes were interconnected to create complex, indeterminate forms that seem to expand over a large, horizontal space. Skeleton (Skew) is one of the most highly developed drawings of this series. The shifting and lightly erased lines create complex webs that animate the forms with a sense of time and organic locomotion.