Swiss-born, Tucson-based artist Olivier Mosset is known for his large-scale monochrome, reductive, and shaped paintings that challenge the notion of modernist authority, painting as a historical object, and approaches linked to appropriation and geometric and conceptual abstraction.
In OLIVIER MOSSET, a comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s body of work, The Tucson Museum of Art examines his contribution to abstraction, minimalism, and conceptualism, as well as the indelible mark he has had made on the art world at large and especially in the American West.
“The nice thing about a show,” says Mosset, “is that it allows you to see the works. My work is of course what it is, abstract, very matter of fact, but you always have some surprises seeing it hung in a museum. It is also to the advantage of the work to forget its author.”
OLIVIER MOSSET presents important paintings from the 1970s, 1990s, and 2000s, including large-scale modular paintings, monochrome canvases, minimalist site-specific works, and objects rooted in Dadaist impulses. Additionally, expansions of Mosset’s studio practice can be seen in the exhibition by the inclusion of the artist’s 1964 Chevrolet El Camino, 1954 Harley Davidson 45 motorcycle, two site-specific murals, a time-based ice sculpture, and an untitled photograph of an adoring museum professional’s actual tattoo of a Mosset work.
The exhibition will run October 14, 2021 – February 27, 2022, at the Tucson Museum of Art, on view in the James J. and Louise R. Glasser Galleries, Earl Kai Chann Gallery, and Lois C. Green Gallery.