Olivier Mosset

  • , Untitled, 1970
    Acrylic on canvas
    100 x 100 cm
    39 3/8 x 39 3/8 inches
  • , Untitled, 2009
    Polyurethan on canvas
    243,8 x 121,9 cm
    96 x 48 inches
  • , Untitled, 2010
    Polyurethan on canvas
    240 x 120 cm
    94 1/2 x 47 1/4 inches
  • , Untitled, 2010
    Polyurethan on canvas
    240 x 120 cm
    94 1/2 x 47 1/4 inches

As part of the collective BMPT – a group of conceptually driven painters formed in Paris in the 1960s by Daniel Buren, Michel Parmentier and Niele Toroni – Swiss artist Olivier Mosset is recognized for his series of paintings featuring a black circle in the middle of a square canvas. Leaving Paris for New York in the 1970s, Mosset turned to monochrome paintings, introducing motifs, compositions and specific formats such as shaped-canvases that came to be associated with his work of this period. Involved in a multitude of art historical movements such as Neo-Geo or appropriation, he explored new materials in the 1990s, which also led him to sculpture. In his work, Mosset called into question the gesture by dissolving authorship to reach a “zero degree" of painting.