Robert Mangold: Column Paintings (Chelsea)

Robert Mangold: Column Paintings (Chelsea)

Friday, October 15, 2004Saturday, November 13, 2004

Robert Mangold: Column Paintings

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Artist reception to be held on Thursday, October 14, 2004

New York, October 12, 2004 - This week an exhibition of new column paintings by Robert Mangold will be on view at PaceWildenstein, 534 West 25th Street, New York City from October 15 through November 13, 2004. The public is invited to attend a preview of Robert Mangold: Column Paintings on Thursday, October 14 from 6 - 8 p.m. The exhibition will feature eight acrylic and black pencil on canvas works from 2003-2004 that range in size from 10' - 12' 1/4" tall to 1' - 3' wide, which will include one triptych, Three Column/ Figures 5, 2003. A full color catalogue with an essay by the novelist and essayist Francine Prose accompanies the exhibition.

Investigating Mangold's column paintings within the context of traditional artistic and architectural systems Prose writes, "Whatever we might have thought we knew about drawing, architecture and painting, about a curve or a wall or a column - all of it is quietly subverted, replaced with something new." By entering into a dialogue with the work, the viewer's conventional expectations, assumptions, and experience are subsequently altered. Prose also discusses the history of the column as a widely used art and architectural form, from the monumental Trajan's Column in Rome (c.113 A.D) to Brancusi's Endless Column (1938).

Robert Mangold (b. 1937, North Tonawanda, NY) studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art before attending the Yale University School of Art and Architecture; he received both B.F.A (1961) and M.F.A. (1963) degrees from Yale. Since his first solo exhibition in 1964, Mangold's work has been the subject of numerous one-person shows, traveling exhibitions and retrospectives exhibited throughout the United States and abroad including: Paintings 1964-1982 and Drawings and Prints at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (1982); Robert Mangold: Paintings 1971-1984 organized by the Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH with subsequent venues in New York, Texas and California (1984-86); and Robert Mangold: Painting as Wall, Werke von 1964 bis 1993 organized by the Hallen für neue Kunst, Schaffhausen, Switzerland and traveled to Paris, Germany and Portugal (1993-95). In 1998, the Museum Wiesbaden in Germany organized and exhibited Robert Mangold: Attic Series and Plane/Figure Paintings (1998-99) and awarded the artist the Alexej von Jawlensky-Preis der Stadt Wiesbaden Award. On the occasion of that exhibition, a second and final portion of the catalogue raisonné of Mangold's work was published; the first portion of the catalogue raisonné was published in conjunction with the 1982 Stedelijk Museum exhibitions. Included three times in Documenta, Kassel, Germany (1972, 1977, 1982) and four times in the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial (1979, 1983, 1985, 2004), Mangold's work has also been featured in the Venice Biennale (1993). In 2000, Phaidon Press published the first major monograph on Robert Mangold.

Early in his career, Mangold received a National Endowment for the Visual Arts Fellowship (1967). In 1993 he was awarded the Skowhegan Medal for Painting from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Robert Mangold later became a trustee of Yale University Art Gallery and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Mangold's work can be found in close to 75 public collections in the United States and abroad including: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; The Art Institute of Chicago; Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, The Netherlands; Dallas Museum of Art; Fundació "la Caixa," Barcelona; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; The J. Paul Getty Trust, Malibu; Kunstmuseum, Basel; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Menil Collection, Houston; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum Wiesbaden, Germany; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.