I like setting up problems for the viewer, like how do you visually deal with a ring when what's usually in the center of a painting is very important? It's like the main course isn't there and you're having to deal with everything around what would normally be the main course.

Derived from the idea of geometry and asymmetry in shape and form, Robert Mangold's works challenge the limits of the two-dimensional medium.


I am attracted to generic or 'industrial' colors; paper bag brown, file cabinet gray, industrial green, that kind of thing.

Born 1937 in North Tonawanda, New York, Robert Mangold attended the Cleveland Institute of Art, Ohio, and obtained both his BFA and MFA at the Yale University School of Art and Architecture in New Haven, Connecticut. Mangold is known for his contribution to minimalism, combining the classic elements of composition—shape, line, and color—to create abstract works of architectural scale, drawing by hand thick and thin graphite lines on subtly modulated planes of color. His shaped panel paintings use subtle modulations of color and precise graphite lines to confront the viewer with a difficult, yet meditative experience. “Robert Mangold’s paintings,” wrote...
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