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Paul Mogensen Biography

Over a fifty-year career, Paul Mogensen has explored painting through mathematical progressions and classical ratios in structured arrangements of squares, rectangles and lines; through an engagement with the wall and negative space; and through colour straight from the tube. Initially a student of mathematics and chemistry before he discovered art, he says, 'I use arithmetic to find the form.'

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His works are precise with Morse-code-like sequences, unmediated by associative or narrative props, or by any sign of the artist's hand in the paint's application. The works are unobstructed even by the storyline of Mogensen's own personal development—most are untitled and undated, drawing attention away from these constructs and instead towards the immediacy of the works themselves.

As longtime friend Lynda Benglis has said, 'He's a philosopher purist, very logical in terms of accepting the most direct means of making a painting with great clarity... He is stringent in his approach, as stringent as a mechanic might be with a Ferrari. There are no accidents.'

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 (backed by Jeff Byers and run by Klaus Kertess), came the following year. Like many of his peers of the era, he rejects the terminology that such art has generated, particularly the labels 'minimalism' and 'abstraction.'

Mogensen resists the metaphorical and conceptualist explanatory language of the generation associated with such notions, and contrary to the tendency of the genre towards an escape from history, he has a deeply researched and highly individual appreciation of historical art. Mogensen will often reference Russian artists and poets such as Mayakovsky, Rodchenko, and Tatlin, along with the less evident influence of fourteenth century Sienese painting.

In recent years, Mogensen has engaged with N+1 progressions, spiralling cubic forms that play with the mind's tendency to complete visual patterns that are merely insinuated. The artist is very much still pushing his practice forward—as Roberta Smith wrote last year: 'It would be too simple to say that Paul Mogensen is doing the best work of his life right now.'

Born in Los Angeles in 1941, where he attended the University of Southern California. In 2019 the artist received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Art, and his work has been the subject of a solo exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX and was featured in a group exhibition at the Vienna Secession, Vienna, Austria. Mogensen's work is represented in the collections of major museums in the U.S. and abroad, including: Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Harvard Art Museums/ Fogg Museum, Cambridge, MA; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; Menil Collection, Houston, TX; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; New York Public Library, New York, NY; Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.

Ocula | 2019

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no title by Paul Mogensen contemporary artwork works on paper
Paul Mogensen no title, 1969 Alkyd enamel on unprimed canvas
208.28 x 212.42 cm
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no title by Paul Mogensen contemporary artwork sculpture
Paul Mogensen no title, 1969 Aluminium enamel and graphite on unprimed canvas
36 x 36 inches
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no title by Paul Mogensen contemporary artwork painting
Paul Mogensen no title, 1974-1975 Cadmium orange acrylic on canvas
60 x 98 cm
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no title (cadmium light yellow separated rectangles, three part horizontal) by Paul Mogensen contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Paul Mogensen no title (cadmium light yellow separated rectangles, three part horizontal), 1967 Cadmium yellow light water-based acrylic on panel
114.3 x 114.3 x 1.9 cm
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no title by Paul Mogensen contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Paul Mogensen no title, 1965 Thalo cyanine blue acrylic on bare canvas; in two parts
84 x 96 inches
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Paul Mogensen no title, 1965 Hansa orange acrylic on canvas
48 x 73 inches
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no title by Paul Mogensen contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Paul Mogensen no title, 2022 Ultramarine in stand oil and diluted alizarin crimson acrylic on canvas
72 x 72 inches
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no title (cobalt blue, nine part separated rectangles) by Paul Mogensen contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Paul Mogensen no title (cobalt blue, nine part separated rectangles) Cobalt blue oil paint on linen stretched over panel, 9 parts
40.5 x 40.5 x 0.75 cm
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