b. 1937, USA

Robert Mangold Biography

Robert Peter Mangold (American, born October 12, 1937) is frequently associated with Minimalism, and known for his monochromatic paintings and meditative, geometric canvases. Mangold was born in North Tonowanda, NY, and spent most of his childhood in Buffalo, before enrolling in illustration and painting programs at the Cleveland Institute of Art. The work of Abstract Expressionist artists significantly influenced his own work while attending school, and after seeing several exhibitions of their work, Mangold began painting more abstracted compositions. He later received his MFA from the Yale School of Art and Architecture, and then moved to New York, working as a guard at the Museum of Modern Art, and later in the Museum’s library in the early 1960s. Mangold’s first solo exhibitions in New York galleries in the mid-1960s marked the development of his Minimalist style, in large, monochromatic works. Mangold’s work typically explores properties of illusionism in painting; these early works were often painted in varying lighter and darker tones, producing different perspectival effects, or were covered in thick layers of paint to mimic the surrounding gallery walls.

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He received great critical acclaim for these works throughout the 1960s and 1970s, and he was among many artists included in the first major show of Minimialist art in New York, exhibited at The Jewish Museum in 1965. He later experimented with shaped canvases, painting sections of circles, rectangles, and frame-shaped works, in pieces that blurred the lines between painting and object. Mangold has been honored with a fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York. He has exhibited his work at four different Whitney Biennials at the Whitney Museum of American Art and at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, at the Kunsthalle Basel in Switzerland, and at several documenta exhibitions in Kassel, Germany, among others. Mangold currently lives and works in upstate New York. 

Robert Mangold Featured Artworks

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Attic Series V by Robert Mangold contemporary artwork painting, drawing
Robert MangoldAttic Series V, 1990Acrylic and back pencil on canvas
243.8 x 326.4 cm
Pace Gallery
Column Structure VI by Robert Mangold contemporary artwork painting, drawing
Robert MangoldColumn Structure VI, 2006Acrylic and black pencil on canvas
304.8 x 182.9 cm
Pace Gallery
Gray Ellipse / OrangeFrame by Robert Mangold contemporary artwork painting
Robert MangoldGray Ellipse / Orange Frame, 1989Acrylic and black pencil on canvas
76 x 113 cm
Galerie Greta Meert Contact Gallery
Curved Plane/ Figure X by Robert Mangold contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Robert MangoldCurved Plane/ Figure X, 1995Acrylic and pencil on paper
74.5 x 105.5 cm
Galerie Greta Meert Contact Gallery
Attic Series III (Study) by Robert Mangold contemporary artwork painting
Robert MangoldAttic Series III (Study), 1990Acrylic and pencil on two joined masonite panels
45.8 x 63.7 cm
Galerie Greta Meert Contact Gallery
Four Color Frame Painting #15 by Robert Mangold contemporary artwork painting
Robert MangoldFour Color Frame Painting #15, 1985Acrylic and graphite on canvas
241.3 x 182.9 cm
Pace Gallery
Two Triangles Within A Square #3 by Robert Mangold contemporary artwork mixed media
Robert MangoldTwo Triangles Within A Square #3, 1975Acrylic, black and white pencil on masonite
50.8 x 50.8 cm
The Club Contact Gallery
Untitled (#10 from the Attic series II) by Robert Mangold contemporary artwork mixed media
Robert MangoldUntitled (#10 from the Attic series II), 1990Acrylic and black pencil on paper
58 x 61 cm
The Club Contact Gallery

Robert Mangold Recent Exhibitions

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Robert Mangold Represented By

Lisson Gallery contemporary art gallery in Lisson Street, London, United Kingdom Lisson Gallery East Hampton, London, New York, Shanghai
Pace Gallery contemporary art gallery in 540 West 25th Street, New York, USA Pace Gallery Beijing, East Hampton, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, New York, Palm Beach, Palo Alto, Seoul

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