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Robert Mangold
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Portrait of Robert Mangold
Born (1937-10-12) October 12, 1937 (age 76)
North Tonawanda, New York
Spouse Sylvia Plimack Mangold
Nationality American
Field Painting, Printmaking
Movement Minimal Art

Robert Mangold (born October 12, 1937) is an American minimalist artist.

Early life and education[edit]

Mangold was born in North Tonawanda, New York. His mother, Blanche, was a department store buyer, and his father, Aloysius Mangold, worked at an organ factory.[1] He first trained at the Cleveland Institute of Art from 1956 to 1959, and then at Yale University, New Haven, (BFA, 1961; MFA, 1963). In 1961 he married Sylvia Plimack, and they moved to New York.[2]


“Robert Mangold’s paintings,” wrote Michael Kimmelman in the New York Times in 1997, “are more complicated to describe than they seem, which is partly what’s good about them: the way they invite intense scrutiny, which, in the nature of good art, is its own reward.” His works are comprised often of simple elements which are put together through complex means. Mangold's work challenges the typical connotations of what a painting is or could be, and his works often appear as objects rather than images. Elements refer often to architectural elements or have the feeling of an architect's hands. He almost always works in extensive series, often carried through both paintings and works on paper.[3]

Mangold’s early work consisted largely of monochromatic free-standing constructions displayed against the wall, such as Grey Window Wall (1964).[4] In 1968 he began employing acrylic instead of oil paint, rolling rather than spraying it on Masonite or plywood grounds. Within the year, he moved from these more industrially oriented supports to canvas.[5] In 1970 he began working with shaped canvases and within the year began brushing rather than spraying paint onto canvas. By the mid-1970s, Mangold moved on to overlapping shapes whose contours are formed by combinations of canvas edges and both drawn and implied lines.[6] A 1994 series consisted of monochrome panels, deployed in two-panel trapezoidal works whose colors, sometimes matching, sometimes contrasting, run to deep oranges, olive greens, browns and grays.[7] In a 2006/7 series, entitled Column Structure I through Column Structure XII, the 12 canvases each have a central vertical trunk measuring 10 feet high and 2 feet wide that is subdivided by straight, horizontal lines and appended with squares or triangles that jut from the sides, usually near the top.[8]

Mangold’s paintings, quiet and restrained on the surface, are much admired by artists. In a 1994 review in Art in America, Robert Kushner wrote that “underneath the composure of their execution, there is an almost romantic vividness of experience. The contrast of this veiled undercurrent and the Apollonian restraint of the presentation make these new paintings both powerful and poignant.”

Mangold made his first prints in 1972 at Crown Point Press and has made prints throughout his career, working with Pace Editions and Brooke Alexander Editions.

Mangold designed the monumental colored glass panels contained in the Buffalo Federal Courthouse pavilion lobby.

Mangold lives in Washingtonville, New York with his wife Sylvia Plimack Mangold, who is also an artist. They are the parents of film director and screenwriter James Mangold, and musician Andrew Mangold.[citation needed]


In 1965, the Jewish Museum in New York held the first major exhibition of what was called Minimal art and included Robert Mangold. In 1967, he won a National Endowment for the Arts grant and in 1969, a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 1971, he had his first solo museum exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum. Major museum exhibitions of his work have since been held the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (1974), the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (1982), Hallen für Neue Kunst in Schaffhausen (1993), and Musée d’Orsay in Paris (2006).[9] He has been featured in the Whitney Biennial four times, in 1979, 1983, 1985, and 2004.


Mangold's work is in many museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Tate Collection in London; the Art Institute of Chicago, Fundacío La Caixa, Barcelona; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington; the J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles; Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum; and the Hallen für Neue Kunst, Schaffhausen, Switzerland.

Art market[edit]

From 1964 through 1973, Mangold was affiliated with Thibaut and Fischbach galleries in New York and had numerous exhibitions in European galleries. He became affiliated with John Weber Gallery in 1972, with Paula Cooper Gallery in 1984[10] He has been represented by The Pace Gallery in New York since 1991.



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67 news items

New York Times
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:07:30 -0700

With an abstract painting trend derisively nicknamed “zombie formalism” flooding the market, more attention should be paid to the achievement of Robert Mangold, whose latest Minimalist paintings can be seen in an inspired show. For over five decades, Mr.

Brooklyn Rail

Brooklyn Rail
Wed, 02 Apr 2014 08:56:15 -0700

Robert Mangold invited Alex Bacon to his Manhattan pied-à-terre to discuss his upcoming show of new paintings at Pace Gallery (April 4 – May 3, 2014) in the context of the arc of his five-decade long career. Portrait of the artist. Pencil on paper by ...
New York Times
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:17:47 -0700

Robert Mangold (through May 3) This Minimalist painter continues to elaborate his spare vocabulary of shape, color and line with inspired results. His latest paintings are mostly separate panels joined to form open centers on which asymmetrical spirals ...

SFGate (blog)

SFGate (blog)
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:18:45 -0700

The intricate designs and shatter patterns of Hodges' surfaces reprise his use of spider web imagery, but they also recall the more abstract interest in surface geometry of much older artists such as Robert Mangold and Dorothea Rockburne, who have long ...


Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:33:38 -0700

Robert Mangold wrote, "good...now do something for the whole family and all the people...entertainment in the form of an amusement park." Michael Klein said "this town may need help but gambling is not the answer, and Danny Fisher wrote, "I have always ...
Tue, 01 Apr 2014 07:26:15 -0700

La Pace Gallery de New York présente du 4 avril au 5 mai 2014 une exposition consacrée à Robert Mangold. La galerie dévoilera les derniers travaux de l'artiste, élaborés entre 2011 et 2014. C'est d'ailleurs la première fois que les peintures de Robert ...
Buffalo News
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:30:00 -0700

Among the historical and contemporary exhibitions that followed were “Edwin Dickinson: Dreams and Realities” (2002), “Petah Coyne: Above and Beneath the Skin” (2005), “Robert Mangold: Beyond the Line, Paintings and Project, 2000-2008” (2009), ...


Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:01:45 -0700

(14.04.14) Johnny Klinke, der Gründer und Direktor des Tiger-Palast, startete zusammen mit Margareta Dillinger und Robert Mangold vor einem Viertel Jahrhundert die Dauer-Erfolgsserie von Varieté-Darbietungen der Extraklasse. Es sind wahrhaftige ...

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