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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
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]


“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 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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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:30:00 -0700

The participating artists, all of whom live in Colorado and work in abstraction or conceptual abstraction, are Vanessa Clarke, Emmett Culligan, John Ferguson, Erick Johnson, Andy Libertone, Nancy Lovendahl, Robert Mangold, Patrick Marold, David Mazza, ...
Rockford Register Star
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:56:15 -0700

A rotating flower-shaped piece by Minimalist sculptor Robert Mangold, meanwhile, has become a kid-favorite at the Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, while also serving as a focal point for a garden designed to filter rainwater runoff from a nearby ...
Asbury Park Press
Fri, 04 Jul 2014 04:51:42 -0700

Hours earlier in Neptune, police there received a report of a gunshot that struck an apartment on the 2100 block of West Lake Avenue, said Lt. Robert Mangold of the township police force. About 1:30 a.m., a resident reported that a shot was fired at an ...

Westword (blog)

Westword (blog)
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:52:18 -0700

The rusty one, "Serrated Crest," and the shiny one, "Prominence," both fit the landscape, each in its own particular -- and completely different -- way. The same is true for the pieces by Robert Mangold; the big "Tetrahedralhypersphere" is covered in a ...


Tue, 08 Jul 2014 04:26:47 -0700

Although Minimalism has been presented in many of its guises at Lisson Gallery over the decades, through exhibitions of Peter Joseph, Robert Mangold, Robert Ryman, Donald Judd and Sol LeWitt among others, Where Were You? focuses on the work of ...

En Positivo

En Positivo
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:33:45 -0700

En la escultura destacan dos representantes principales: Donald Judd y Dan Flavio. Y algunos pintores enamorados de esta tendencia son: Agnes Martín y Robert Mangold. En la moda se caracteriza por los tejidos naturales con una austeridad o ausencia ...

Allgemeine Hotel- und Gastronomie-Zeitung

Allgemeine Hotel- und Gastronomie-Zeitung
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:56:15 -0700

Die Veranstalter Robert Mangold vom Palmengarten-Gesellschaftshaus, Hotelier Hans-Burkhardt Ullrich und Winzer Wilhelm Weil wollen ihren Gästen „Gourmet-Gastronomie ungezwungen nahe bringen“ und zeigen, was das Rhein-Main-Gebiet kulinarisch ...
worlds of food
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 06:52:30 -0700

„An den Erfolg beim Debut in diesem Jahr wollen wir 2015 mit noch höherer Qualität anknüpfen und TASTE als feste Größe im Veranstaltungskalender in Frankfurt etablieren“, schwärmen die Macher Hans-Burkhard Ullrich und Robert Mangold.

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