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Lot 11

Olivier Mosset

Untitled, 1971
Acrylic on canvas
100 × 100 cm
Signature: Signed and dated on the reverse

Estimate: €80,000 - €120,000
Sold for: €135,000
Bidding ended. Lot has been sold.

Copyright: Olivier Mosset
Courtesy: Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Männedorf-Zurich
Photo: Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Männedorf-Zurich
Provenance: Donated by Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Männedorf-Zurich

The Swiss painter Olivier Mosset (b. 1944 in Bern) lives and works in Tuscon, Arizona.

Olivier Mosset’s exploration of the monochrome image and oversized formats revolves around the question of the essence of painting. In 1966, together with Daniel Buren, Michel Parmentier and Niele Toroni, he co-founded the artists’ group BMPT, an acronym of their four surnames.

Mosset first took up his strategy of subverting the expectations of art and, with these, the imperatives of originality and constantly new production in his Untitled series of paintings commenced in 1966. Over a period of six years, he repeated Untitled around 200 times in exactly the same form, technique and dimensions. Untitled of 1971, with its black circular ring set in the centre of the white canvas, is no different to the other works in the series: each is an original handmade by the artist, but none is the only one of its kind.

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