Olivier Mosset

(Updated on 03/21/2014)

Olivier Mosset was born in 1944 in Bern, Switzerland. For many years, he has been working and living in Tucson, Arizona.

Olivier Mosset has spent considerable time in New York and Paris. In the 1960s, he was a member of BMPT, a group of conceptually-driven painters, along with Daniel Buren, Michel Parmentier and Niele Toroni. The group sought to democratize art through radical procedures of deskilling, implying that the art object was more important than its authorship.

In the 1970s, Mosset undertook a long series of monochrome paintings on shaped canvases that more or less implicitly comment on circuits of production and exchange. For four decades, he has been researching the future of paintings through geometric abstraction, exploring other formats and materials of abstract painting.

His work has since continued to be consistent with issues of neutrality, appropriation and repetition. The artist voluntarily abandons all anecdotal, significant or interpretative content, and invites the contemplation of the meditative calm of monochromes.

Olivier Mosset’s career has also been marked by his collaborations, whether in the form of the Radical Painting Group in the late 1970s (with Joseph Marioni and Marcia Hafif) or more recently with Indian Larry (Lawrence DeSmedt), a motorcycle mechanic and stunt rider whose customized bikes were shown alongside Mosset’s paintings in New York in 2007.

In fall 2013, Olivier Mosset presents what he terms a “group” show in New York, co-presented by The Kitchen and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, underscoring how the legibility of any artwork is possible only in the context of a larger, living collectivity.  


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Anne Nguyen at Crossing the Line Festival 2016

Sept 23 - Oct 1, 2016
Multiple locations and Gibney Dance - Agnès Varis Center for the Performing Arts
280 Broadway
New York, NY 10007

Hubert Robert, 1733–1808

June 26 - October 2, 2016
The National Gallery of Art
6th St. and Constitution Ave. NW
Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20565

Kader Attia's 'Ghardaïa' featured at the Guggenheim

Apr 29 - Oct 5, 2016
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Avenue
New York, NY

Seuls en Scène 2016: Princeton University's French Theater Festival

Sept 22 - Oct 5, 2016
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ

Collection #2 "Human | Nature" at Chamber New York

May 19 - Oct 6, 2016
515 W. 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011

MINUIT by Yoann Bourgeois at BAM

Oct 5 - 8, 2016
BAM Fisher
321 Ashland Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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MONCHICHI by Company Wang Ramirez at BAM

Oct 12-15, 2016
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