Art by Numbers

  • Mel BochnerEmail author
  • Roman Opalka
  • other Philarithmics


The number, object and subject of paintings, sculptures, drawings, video, films, photographs and installations have revealed an aesthetic potential that had remained latent and unexpressed up until the first decades of the last century. For a long time, the number in figurative arts was only the result of a transitive counting, an answer to the question “How many?” Virtues, planets, apostles, ranks of angels, seasons, star signs, senses have been reproduced, personified, represented according to their number, in a correlation often tight enough to transcend into cliché (Rigon 2006).


Graphic Sign White Board Short Film Train Timetable Star Sign 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.New York artist represented by Peter Freeman GaleryNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Polish painter born in France, represented by Yvon Lambert GalleryParisFrance

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