Installation by Olivier Mosset
Organized by Sarah Watson, Annie Wischmeyer with Jocelyn Spaar
March 4–May 8, 2016
Opening reception: March 3, 6–8pm
Hunter West Building
132 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065
Hours: Wednesday–Sunday, 1–6pm
This site-specific installation by Olivier Mosset includes selected works from three integral series in the artist’s oeuvre: monochrome paintings, murals, and custom motorcycles. The installation layers these varied bodies of work, prompting a dialogue that explores Mosset’s interest in materiality and surface as they relate to the history of the readymade.
The installation is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Buren, Mosset, Parmentier, Toroni currently on view at the Hunter College, 205 Hudson Street Gallery in Tribeca. The exhibition is the first critical examination of the significant, albeit brief, work of the BMPT Group, comprising Daniel Buren, Olivier Mosset, Michel Parmentier, and Niele Toroni in 1967, and seeks to reexamine the BMPT group by placing its work in context with the broader conversations surrounding institutional critique, performance, and the role of painting as a political medium.
Born in 1944 in Bern, Switzerland, Mosset spent his early artistic career in Paris. He was a member of the BMPT Group in 1967, and the Zanzibar group from 1968–69. Moving to New York City in the early 1970s, he was affiliated with the Radical Painting group and later, in the 1980s with the Neo-Geo artists. For the past twenty years, Mosset has lived and worked between Brooklyn and Tuscon, Arizona.
The Hunter College Art Galleries are pleased to announce that Olivier Mosset will be a spring 2016 Judith Zabar Visiting Artist at Hunter College. The Judith Zabar Visiting Artist Program allows Hunter to bring a series of internationally recognized artists to campus to work directly with students in the MFA and MA programs, providing students with the unique opportunity to interact with top practitioners in the field. Mosset will engage with students through master classes, critical seminars, workshops and private tutorials. In addition, Mosset will participate in a public panel discussion to take place in early May, details are forthcoming.
This exhibition is made possible by the David Bershad Family Foundation and Susan V. Bershad Charitable Fund, Inc.; The Brant Foundation, Inc.; Arthur and Carol Kaufman Goldberg; Andrew and Christine Hall; The Hunter College Foundation; Stephen King, C12 Capital Management; Anna Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation; President Jennifer J. Raab; and an anonymous donor.