Artist biography

Robert Mangold born 1937

American painter and lithographer of a Minimal tendency, concerned with shape and anonymous, single-colour surfaces. Born in North Tonawanda, New York. Studied at Cleveland Institute of Art 1956-9 and Yale University 1959-63. Has taught since 1963 at the School of Visual Arts, New York, and elsewhere. First one-man exhibition at the Thibaut Gallery, New York, 1964. Influenced by Stella's shaped canvases, made some paintings in 1964-5 with geometric, asymmetrical shapes and shallow mouldings or other relief elements; subsequently flat cut-out forms, sometimes with a regular curve forming the lower edge. Began c.1967 to use lines to suggest subtle distortion or bending of the picture plane; also an interaction between 'real' and 'warped' squares and circles etc. Has tended to work since 1969 with serial imagery. Lives in Washingtonville, New York.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.476