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Robert Mangold
Robert Mangold.jpg
Portrait of Robert Mangold
Born (1937-10-12) October 12, 1937 (age 77)
North Tonawanda, New York
Nationality American
Known for Painting, Printmaking
Movement Minimal Art
Spouse(s) Sylvia Plimack Mangold

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]

Work[edit]

“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]

Exhibitions[edit]

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.

Collections[edit]

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 Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 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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Colorado Springs Gazette
Fri, 15 May 2015 03:18:45 -0700

Through September: "Unbound: Sculpture in the Field" - Works by Vanessa Clarke, Emmett Culligan, John Ferguson, Erick C. Johnson, Andy Libertone, Nancy Lovendahl, Robert Mangold and others, Arvada Center, Arvada, free; 1-720-898-7200, ...
 
Colorado Springs Gazette
Fri, 08 May 2015 03:18:45 -0700

Through September: "Unbound: Sculpture in the Field" - Works by Vanessa Clarke, Emmett Culligan, John Ferguson, Erick C. Johnson, Andy Libertone, Nancy Lovendahl, Robert Mangold and others, Arvada Center, Arvada, free; 1-720-898-7200, ...

NY Arts Magazine

NY Arts Magazine
Wed, 06 May 2015 15:30:00 -0700

Subsequently, he joined the security team of the New York museum, where his co-workers included artists such as Robert Ryman, Dan Flavin and Robert Mangold. During this decisive stage of his artistic career, Sol LeWitt took part in a number of seminal ...

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald
Fri, 08 May 2015 06:41:15 -0700

In a significant departure from his previous work, Kuhnen has created a series of brooches, pendants and rings inspired by the Colour Fields paintings of the 1940s and '50s, as well as the work of minimalist artist Robert Mangold. Using sedimentary and ...

The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 01:58:41 -0700

The collection, which included works of Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Mangold and Richard Van Buren, was displayed and stored in closets in the couple's rent-controlled apartment in Manhattan. The modest couple ultimately donated their entire collection ...

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
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.

Artforum

Artforum
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 ...
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