Robert Mangold (American, b.1937)
Also known as: Mangold, Robert Peter; Robert PeterBirth Place: North Tonawanda (Niagara county, New York state, United States)
Who is painter Robert Mangold?
Robert Mangold is a painter and printmaker whose minimalist paintings often use layered geographic shapes and monochromatic color schemes. Mangold achieved artistic success a bit later in life than some of his peers, working several odd jobs including as a guard at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. That said, Mangold is an expert craftsman. He knows his materials inside and out and deploys them to great effect. For example, his use of acrylic paints helped his monochromatic paintings remain vibrant and bright and his experiments with non-traditional canvases in the 1960s are some of his most innovative paintings.
Mangold’s first exhibition was in 1965 at the Jewish museum. It was a revelation to the art world. He followed this by winning an endowment from the NEA and a Guggenheim fellowship. His first solo exhibition came in 1971 at the Guggenheim museum. Since then Mangold’s paintings have appeared in some of the finest museums and collections in the world. Some of those include The Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Getty, the Tate Collection of London, and the San Francisco MOMA.
What kind of art does Robert Mangold make?
Robert Mangold paints minimalist paintings that often feature simple geometric shapes layered on top of one another. His paintings are often monochromatic but are richly colored thanks to his use of acrylic paint. While his early work often featured free-standing constructions that could be displayed against a wall, he’s evolved over the years to incorporate a number of different shaped canvases. Mangold is often an accomplished printmaker and has made many prints throughout his career, starting in the early 1970s for Crown Point Press. No matter the format, Mangold’s work is deeply admired by other artists. His work is deeply emotive, even as it uses such simple tools like color and shape to evoke those intense feelings.
How did painter Robert Mangold get started?
Robert Mangold was born to a lower-middle-class family in North Tonawanda, New York. His mother was a buyer for a department store and his father worked at an organ factory. Mangold displayed his talent at an early age, first training at the Cleveland Institute of Art, then Yale University where he received a BFA in 1961 and an MFA in 1963. In the early 1960s, Mangold would meet his wife, Sylvia Plimack, and they would both move to New York City where Mangold was hired as a guard at the Museum of Modern Art. His big breakthrough came in a 1965 solo exhibition entitled “Walls and Areas” which featured paintings that looked identical to the walls on which they were displayed.
How much are Robert Mangold paintings worth?
Robert Mangold paintings can be worth anywhere from $5,000 to close to $1,000,000 for his major works. The most ever paid for a Robert Mangold painting at auction is $965,000 for the piece Curved Plane/Figure VII (1995) on May 13th, 2014. It is by no means an outlier as Mangold has several pieces that have sold in excess of $850,000. If anything this means there may be an opportunity for some of Mangold’s work to appreciate over the next few years -- something to think about for many collectors.
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