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The enigma of Paul Mogensen's compositions derives from his engagement with the abstract science of mathematics. Though often associated with his minimalist contemporaries pf the 1960s and 70s, the New York-based artist's work defies categorization. 

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Biography

Using the principle of arithmetic progression as a generative, compositional device, Paul Mogensen's works are created through a sequence of consecutive forms based on a mathematical 'constant' (i.e., n + 1), a principle at the root of harmonics. 

 

Born in 1941 in Los Angeles, the artist has been exhibiting since his first exhibition in 1966 at the historic Bykert Gallery. In 1967 he participated in the Bykert Gallery group exhibition that heralded the arrival of the Minimalist aesthetic: Paul Mogensen, Carl Andre, Brice Marden, Robert Mangold, Agnes Martin, and David Novros. His work has since been exhibited and collected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland, among many others.

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