Robert Mangold “A Survey 1965 – 2003”

Mnuchin Gallery

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[Image: Robert Mangold "½ V, W, X Series (Green, Orange, Blue)" (1968) Private collection. © 2017 Robert Mangold/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.]

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Mnuchin Gallery presents Robert Mangold: A Survey 1965 – 2003. The exhibition will trace the evolution of Mangold’s painting across five decades, presenting examples from ten key series from the 1960s through the 2000s. This will be the first solo presentation of Mangold’s work at Mnuchin Gallery, and follows in the gallery’s tradition of presenting important examples of Minimalist painting and sculpture.

Since the mid-1960s, Robert Mangold’s paintings of geometric forms inscribed on shaped canvases have explored tensions between the depicted and the literal, the interior and the exterior, the conceptual and the visual. While his palette, scale, supports, and influences have never stopped evolving, he has rigorously adhered to investigating the interplay between the same key elements of area, line, color, and surface structure. While at first glance Mangold’s paintings can appear deceptively simple, closer examination reveals irregular geometries, subtle asymmetries, and sophisticated plays of perspective that inspire the viewer to slow down the act of looking and consider the nature of perception. As Mangold has explained, “I want the work to cause me to drop everything and then slowly pick up the pieces and enter into a dialogue with it.”

The exhibition begins with a selection of early works from the 1960s in which the artist inaugurates his mode of tracing hand-drawn geometric figures within the outline of a shaped support, and continues through the 1970s, featuring examples of Mangold’s Circle paintings and A Triangle Within Two Rectangles paintings. In the early 1980s, the geometric forms of the paintings’ interior compositions—in this case, Xs and +s—began to dictate the shapes of the canvases themselves. The show also includes examples of Mangold’s work from the 1990s and 2000s, including the Attic Paintings, the Plane / Figure Paintings, and the Column Paintings, speaking to the evolution of Mangold’s interest in art history.



from February 14, 2017 to March 25, 2017

Opening Reception on 2017-02-14 from 18:00 to 20:00


Robert Mangold

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