Biography oBorn In North Tonawanda, New York October 12, 1937 oCombines Minimalist and Abstract Expressionist Style oPainter using uniquely shaped canvases oEducated Yale Graduate oMultiple Exhibitions and Awards Granted oHas Art displayed in multiple Galleries. (Pace Gallery, Lisson Gallery, John Bergguren Gallery, Guggenheim, Marlborough and others.
Overview Early Paintings used spray on paint on large wooden shapes (X Within X Orange) Later Moved to Canvas with the center cut out. (Ring Image C) Also his Column pieces stand out out as some his more abstract works.
Overview Cont. His earlier work were more like objects or sculpture than pictures. (He did used to work in Stained Glass architecture) Later on moved to canvas with different geometrical shapes or centers cut out, acrylic paints (hand painted now) and even drawings on much smaller pieces of paper Most of his work has the feel of an architectural presence and challenges of what could be considered paintings.
Untitled, 1968, Acrylic and black pencil on Masonite. (Wood) One of his earlier works; follows the symmetrical construction looks of minimalism and is one of the many that follow a similar format. Its significance derives from the fact it’s made with a single sheet of wood, the lines are all congruent and equally placed, but is still painted and hung like a painting
Untitled (Ring Image) This is one of the pieces where Mangold utilizes his cut out center pieces. Large sheet of canvas with acrylic paint and an etching of a dark line that is actually, when placed right, an outline of the half way mark of the outer ring. The offset black ring keeps it away from being pure minimalist while giving it an unique personality.
Column Structure XXII, 2008 One the many in his column series, these follow a similar format of the rings, acrylic, graphite and black pencil on a large canvas cut to the desired size and shape. Each outlined square is congruent to one another, having 8 large squares and multiple smaller one within the large ones. All of the black lines turn into another section of the piece, like an off set cross.
Untitled Rings (A,B,C) 2010 These rings aren’t on cut out canvas and are displayed side by side. The unique thing about these rings is that they each play with variation in the black pencil rings. Just showing the types of variation in images that look so similar
Saatchi Gallery Installation Exhibition, Collaboration between Robert Mangold and Bruce Nauman. Basically Mangold brought his rings to the 3rd dimension and sculpture. The outer White ring on the ground is parallel to the elevated black one, with the coiled ring in the center supported by wood blocks and sponges.
I believe Robert Mangold more fits into the minimalist category. His unique canvas shapes remind me of a Frank Stella, although Frank’s lines were more symmetrical and plentiful. Robert’s work didn’t feel 100% minimalist however since he used much brighter primary colors and he more shape, design and pattern when he drew his pencil lines which are present in most of his work. It feels to me like the lines are a very tame Jackson Pollock, since Mangold was around when Pollock was popular and claimed to be inspired by AB-EX The only other person I can compare is Richard Serra, Mangold looks like he makes paintings of aerial views of some of Serra’s installations. Like how ‘Tilted Arc’ went against the curves of the plaza brick laying, Mangold’s lines in some of his pieces goo against either the rigidity of 90 degree corners or gives a type of optical sensation when they are present in his circles.