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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. 

Exhibition view: Robert Mangold, Paintings 2017–2019, Pace Gallery, New York (18 September–24 October 2020). ©️ 2020 Robert Mangold / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy Pace Gallery.

Robert Mangold Featured Artworks

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Two Squares Within a Double Square by Robert Mangold contemporary artwork
Robert MangoldTwo Squares Within a Double Square, 2017Acrylic and black pencil on canvas
142.2 x 243.8 cm
Pace Gallery
Gray Ellipse / Orange
Frame by Robert Mangold contemporary artwork
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
Robert MangoldCurved Plane/ Figure X, 1995Acrylic and pencil on paper
74.5 x 105.5 cm
Galerie Greta Meert Contact Gallery
Untitled by Robert Mangold contemporary artwork
Robert MangoldUntitled, 1995Color etching with aquatint on paper with deckled edge
26 7/8 x 28 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery Contact Gallery
Four Color Frame Painting #15 by Robert Mangold contemporary artwork
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
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
Robert MangoldUntitled (#10 from the Attic series II), 1990Acrylic and black pencil on paper
58 x 61 cm
The Club Contact Gallery
Extended Frame with Separation by Robert Mangold contemporary artwork
Robert MangoldExtended Frame with Separation, 2014Woodcut on paper with deckled edge
26 x 46 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery Contact Gallery

Robert Mangold Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Mangold, Paintings 2017–2019 at Pace Gallery, New York
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18 September–24 October 2020 Robert Mangold Paintings 2017–2019 Pace Gallery, New YorkNew York
Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Mangold, Robert Mangold at Pace Gallery, Geneva
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7 May–31 July 2019 Robert Mangold Pace Gallery, GenevaGeneva
Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Mangold, Robert Mangold: 1979 at Krakow Witkin Gallery, Boston
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16 February–23 March 2019 Robert Mangold Robert Mangold: 1979 Krakow Witkin Gallery, BostonBoston

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 New York, USA Pace Gallery New York, London, Geneva, Palo Alto, Hong Kong, Seoul, Beijing

Robert Mangold In Related Press

Seeing Round Corners: The Art of the Circle review - the joy of life in the round Related Press Seeing Round Corners: The Art of the Circle review - the joy of life in the round 29 May 2016, The Guardian

A circle is itself, pure and simple, but a world of other things too: a bubble, an eye, a planet, the sun. Casually drawn on a scrap of paper, it can be a hole, a halo, a ring or the Earth itself. Since the dawn of mankind we have been looking with wonder at the full moon in the night sky and the coloured discs in each other’s eyes. The lure...

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