Swiss, born 1944
Olivier Mosset emerged in the 1960s as a member of the Paris-based collective BMPT, an acronym for the last names of artists Daniel Buren (French, born 1938), Mosset, Michel Parmentier (French, 1938–2000), and Niele Toroni (Swiss, born 1937). Together, the group sought to achieve a more democratic approach to artmaking. They questioned authorship and painting’s elevated status by developing more generic compositions than those of previous generations.
During this time, Mosset set out to create works of art that lacked any external references and began referring these seemingly straightforward paintings as “objects.” By employing a limited palette, geometric forms, and stark graphic elements, the artist transformed his canvases into something altogether new. For example, in Untitled, he combined architectural and decorative motifs into a single, object-like configuration of pink and violet stripes, which are equally divided into horizontal and vertical segments.