OLIVIER MOSSET, Untitled # 3, #4, #5 and #6, 1992
ca 60 x 60 cm (4 sq. feet) / 31 x 30.5 cm (1 sq. foot)
two pieces of acrylic paint on canvas, 4 labels; 6 parts
signed on 3 labels
numbered and dated in print
In 1992 John M Armleder proposed several gallerists to show together multiples at the Basel Art Fair under the name Associated Publishers. Participating publishers were Daniel Buchholz, Cologne / Ecart, Geneva / Gallery John Gibson, New York / Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam / Daniel Newburg, New York and Caroline Nitsch Editions, New York. Gallery John Gibson showed a 10 meters long rolled up canvas rejected by Olivier Mosset. A pair of scissors was at hand for buyers to cut out a piece of a square foot or larger. A signed certificate with a chosen size was added to each purchase. No one of the visitors bought a piece of canvas and at the end of the art fair Kees van Gelder and John Gibson swapped an edition with each other. After the fair the roll of canvas and samples got lost and until today Olivier Mosset has never seen it again. This makes the set pictured above into an unique piece that originally was meant as an edition.
Basel Art Fair 1992