Robert Mangold

About The Artist

Robert Mangold was born in North Tonawanda, NY in 1937.  He first trained at the Cleveland Institute of Art from 1956 to 1959. One year later he attended the Carnegie International in Pittsburg, PA where he was exposed to the work of Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Adolph Gottlieb, Franz Kline and other leading Abstract Expressionists.  He then attended Yale University, New Haven School of Art and Architecture where he completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.  There he studied with Richard Serra, Nancy Graves, Brice Marden, and Sylvia Plimack, his eventual wife.


Robert Mangold’s works are comprised often of simple elements which are put together through complex means.  Mangold’s work challenges the typical connotations of what a painting is or could be, and his works often appear as objects rather than images.  Elements refer often to architectural elements or have the feeling of an architect’s hands.  He almost always works in extensive series, often carried through both paintings and works on paper.


Mangold’s work is in many museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Tate Collection in London; the Art Institute of Chicago, Fundacío La Caixa, Barcelona; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington; the J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles; Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum; and the Hallen für Neue Kunst, Schaffhausen, Switzerland.


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