Posted by AT on Dimanche 24 février 2019


Publisher : Karma, New York, 2018

The latest in Karma’s acclaimed series of overviews, this 424-page clothbound volume is the first comprehensive survey of New York-based minimalist painter Paul Mogensen (born 1941). Born in Los Angeles, Mogensen arrived in New York in 1966 already associated with such peers as David Novros and (through Novros) Brice Marden. His first solo exhibition at the Bykert Gallery came the following year. Since that time, Mogensen has created often colorful works that follow rule-based progressions (such as the “n + 1″ method) to generate sharply executed geometric abstractions.

In a text for this volume, the artist Lynda Benglis usefully summarizes the special character of Mogensen’s art: “Paul is a colorist who is measured in his method. It may be said that he is a decorative painter as well a painter of a philosophical disposition. He is stringent in his approach, as stringent as a mechanic might be with a Ferrari. There are no accidents.”


Paul Mogensen was born in Los Angeles in 1941, and was first represented in New York by the legendary Bykert Gallery from the time of its founding in 1966 until its closing in 1975. The use of mathematically-based systems of ordering and progression have been central to the artist’s practice from early on. Traced historically to antiquity, these concepts are also found in disciplines ranging from Renaissance architecture to science and music. Through the making of single as well as multi-paneled paintings, the artist explores relationships of essential forms and pure color.

Paul Mogensen’s work can be found in the collections of major museums in the U.S. and abroad, including: The Hammer Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA; Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Cambridge, MA; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; The Menil Collection, Houston, TX; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; New York Public Library, NY; Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

Bibliographic Details

Format : 191 x 235

Pages: 424

ISBN: 978-1949172034

Edition of 1,000




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