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Untitled

© Olivier Mosset

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Olivier Mosset

Swiss, born 1944

Untitled, 1986

acrylic on canvas

support: 83 1/2 x 167 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches (212.09 x 425.45 x 4.45 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Gift of Mrs. Georgia M. G. Forman, by exchange and Gift of Mrs. George A. Forman, by exchange, 2011

2011:26

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Provenance

the artist;
Mary Boone Gallery, New York;
sold to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, May 3, 2011

Class

Paintings

Work Type

Acrylic painting (visual work)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

Olivier Mosset emerged in the 1960s as a member of the Paris-based collective BMPT, an acronym for the last names of artists Daniel Buren (French, born 1938), Mosset, Michel Parmentier (French, 1938–2000), and Niele Toroni (Swiss, born 1937). Together, the group sought to achieve a more democratic approach to artmaking. They questioned authorship and painting’s elevated status by developing more generic compositions than those of previous generations. 

During this time, Mosset set out to create works of art that lacked any external references and began referring these seemingly straightforward paintings as “objects.” By employing a limited palette, geometric forms, and stark graphic elements, the artist transformed his canvases into something altogether new. For example, in Untitled, he combined architectural and decorative motifs into a single, object-like configuration of pink and violet stripes, which are equally divided into horizontal and vertical segments.

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