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Olivier Mosset

Swiss, born 1944

Image courtesy Mary Boone Gallery, New York. © 1986 Olivier Mosset.

Untitled, 1986

Acrylic on canvas
83 1/2 x 167 1/2 inches (212.1 x 425.5 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Georgia M. G. Forman, by exchange and Gift of Mrs. George A. Forman, by exchange, 2011

The nearly fifty–year career of the French Conceptual painter Olivier Mosset began in the 1960s with his emergence as a member of the Paris-based collective B. M. P. T. (an acronym for the artists Daniel Buren, Olivier Mosset, Michel Parmentier, and Niele Toroni), a group of conceptually driven painters who rejected traditional notions of painting. Buren, perhaps the most well-known of the group, sought to democratize art by making impersonal and non-expressive abstract art, questioning notions of authorship and originality and inserting art into everyday sites and situations. Since that time, Mosset has been working primarily in Minimalist abstract and monochrome painting. Untitled, 1986, is a large-scale canvas with pink and purple stripes, divided into horizontal and vertical sections. It combines decorative and architectural elements into a single, object-like painting. This work reinforces the Gallery's continuing interest in collecting seminal abstract and Conceptual painters.

More about the artist

Olivier Mosset was born in Bern, Switzerland, in 1944. He works as both a painter and graphic artist. Mosset’s exhibition history spans decades; his work has been exhibited in countless museums, private galleries, and institutions, including in recent solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland (2011) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson (2010). Mosset has collaborated on numerous occasions with diverse artists, including Andy Warhol and Steven Parrino, at the Pierre Huber gallery in Geneva in 1990; John Armleder, who invited him to present a skateboard ramp at the Biennale de Lyon in 1993; and Cady Noland, at the Migros Museum for Contemporary Art in Zurich in 1999. He has also produced on-site art and open-air sculptures in Neuchâtel and Bienne, in Switzerland, among other places. Today, his work is as relevant as ever, as he inspires another generation of young artists to think differently about their own practice and the parameters of commodity. Mosset currently lives and works in both New York, New York, and Tucson, Arizona.