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Olivier Mosset

January 29–April 3, 2020
Geneva

Installation view Artwork © Olivier Mosset

Installation view

Artwork © Olivier Mosset

Installation view Artwork © Olivier Mosset

Installation view

Artwork © Olivier Mosset

Installation view Artwork © Olivier Mosset

Installation view

Artwork © Olivier Mosset

Works Exhibited

Olivier Mosset, Untitled, 2019 Acrylic on canvas, 96 × 48 inches (243.8 × 121.9 cm)© Olivier Mosset. Photo: Rob McKeever

Olivier Mosset, Untitled, 2019

Acrylic on canvas, 96 × 48 inches (243.8 × 121.9 cm)
© Olivier Mosset. Photo: Rob McKeever

About

A painting doesn’t have to say that it’s art. There is a kind of silence to it, which is interesting to me.
—Olivier Mosset

Gagosian is pleased to present new paintings by Olivier Mosset. This is his first solo exhibition with the gallery, and the first time his work has been shown in Geneva since 2007.

Over the past half century, Mosset has honed a visual language that channels Minimalist and Abstract Expressionist strategies while pursuing an irreverent, self-referential agenda. Often repeating motifs and colors across multiple large canvases, he consciously suppresses subjectivity, symbolism, and metaphor in an abstract practice that acknowledges but rejects the dialectical narrative of painting.

In the 1960s, Mosset—along with Daniel Buren, Michel Parmentier, and Niele Toroni—cofounded the Paris-based Minimalist collective BMPT as a response to the modernist ideal of “pure painting.” Seeking to distance the act of artistic creation from its final product, Mosset developed a crisp, deliberately mechanical visual style. He also often collaborated on paintings with the other three members of BMPT, thereby subverting the traditional authority of an artist’s identity and signature.

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