Olivier Mosset


presented by Spencer Brownstone Gallery



Born in 1944 in Bern, Switzerland



Olivier Mosset’s astute and often provocative approach to painting has kept him at the cutting-edge of contemporary art since he first came to prominence in Paris in the late 1960's alongside Daniel Buren, Michel Parmentier, and Niele Toroni. After relocating to New York in 1978, Mosset’s body of monochrome canvases were a key influence on the generation of Neo-Geo painters who emerged in the 80’s.


Working always within painting's particular limitations and concerns, and with a deep understanding of the sensuality and physicality of color, Mosset's work nevertheless engages acutely with the network of institutional relations that underlie our encounter with art. As the late Jean Baudrillard noted, Olivier's work is "…like a witticism, in its nonsensical and elliptical form, ridiculing all the heavy armature of language and communication."


Olivier Mosset was born in 1944 in Bern, Switzerland. He divides his time between studios in New York and Tucson, Arizona. His career includes well over a hundred and fifty solo shows at major museums and galleries worldwide, including a large two part retrospective, ‘Olivier Mosset, Travaux 1966-2003’ at the Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne and the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland, in 2004 and represented Switzerland in the 44th Venice Biennale.



Olivier Mosset, Untitled (Pewter), 2009, Polyurethane on canvas, 4 x 8 ft, 122 x 244 cm
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