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Robert Mangold
Robert Mangold.jpg
Portrait of Robert Mangold
Born (1937-10-12) October 12, 1937 (age 78)
North Tonawanda, New York
Nationality American
Known for Painting, Printmaking
Movement Minimal Art
Spouse(s) Sylvia Plimack Mangold
A Rectangle and Circle within Square by Robert Mangold, Honolulu Museum of 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 Rectangle and a Circle within a Square from 1975, in the collection of the Honolulu Museum of Art is an example of these subtle geometric relationships.

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.


The Art Institute of Chicago, Fundacío La Caixa (Barcelona), the Hallen für Neue Kunst (Schaffhausen, Switzerland), the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC), the Honolulu Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Trust (Los Angeles), the Kunstmuseum Basel (Switzerland), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), the Museum of Modern Art (New York City, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York City), the Tate Collection (London), the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York City) are among the public collections holding work by Robert Mangold.

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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Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal
Tue, 17 Nov 2015 10:15:38 -0800

... canvases to fiberglass panels, had been installed since the early '80s in the converted factory, where each 15,000-square-foot floor was dedicated to just a few artists, including other 20th-century icons like Sol LeWitt, Carl Andre and Robert Mangold.

Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 07:53:07 -0800

... start to become a multimillion-dollar international operation that today represents many of the world's most renowned artists (in addition to Kapoor and Abramovíc, Sol LeWitt, Tony Oursler, Tony Cragg and Robert Mangold); two gallery spaces now ...
Broadway World
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:00:00 -0800

New York|Miami... From December 3 through 6, 2015, Dominique Lévy will present You Must Go On. I Can't Go On. I'll Go On. in the gallery's booth (K11) at Art Basel Miami Beach. Featuring works by David Hammons, Robert Mangold, Agnes Martin, Senga ...
Dallas Morning News
Fri, 13 Nov 2015 14:16:09 -0800

The painters Robert Mangold and Robert Ryman worked as guards at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Fred Wilson translated his experience as a museum guard into the subject of Guarded View (1991), a sculpture featuring the headless bodies of ...

Brooklyn Rail

Brooklyn Rail
Wed, 02 Apr 2014 09:04:18 -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

New York Times
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:08:58 -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.


Sat, 31 May 2014 20:56:15 -0700

For this commanding exhibition, Robert Mangold presented a group of ten paintings (accompanied by twelve drawings) executed between 2011 and 2014. Characterized, most saliently, by the wide holes cut into their centers, the spare, donut-shaped ...


Fri, 31 May 2013 12:03:39 -0700

Episode #180: Artist Robert Mangold, speaking from his upstate New York studio in 2011, explains how his friendship with the late artist Sol LeWitt, as well as his experience working as a security guard at the Museum of Modern Art in New York ...

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