Olivier Mosset

Artist
(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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