Robert Mangold (b. 1937) is a leading American minimalist artist. Since the 1960s, he has developed an artistic language that incorporates basic formal elements of composition, such as shape, line, and color, to create abstract architectural works. Mangold began producing prints in 1972, and has continued to throughout his career. A major part of his practice, Mangold’s printmaking incorporates simple, hand-drawn geometric shapes in muted colors, oftentimes monochromatic.
Born in New York, Mangold studied at the Cleveland Art Institute before attending the Yale University School of Art and Architecture, where he received both his BFA and MFA. Receiving accolades early in his career, Mangold was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Visual Arts Fellowship in 1967. In 1993, he was awarded the Skowhegan Medal for Painting from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and five years later Mangold received the Alexej von Jawlensky-Preis der Stadt Wiesbaden Award from the Museum Wiesbaden in Germany.
Since his first solo exhibition in 1964, Mangold’s work has been the subject of one-person shows, traveling exhibitions and retrospectives exhibited throughout the United States and abroad including “Robert Mangold: Paintings 1971-1984” organized by the Akron Art Museum, OH, which later traveled to New York, Texas and California and “Robert Mangold: Painting as Wall, Werke von 1964 bis 1993” organized by the Hallen für neue Kunst in Switzerland, which exhibited in Paris, Germany and Portugal. The Museum Wiesbaden in Germany organized and exhibited “Robert Mangold: Attic Series and Plane/Figure Paintings” in 1998, which was accompanied by the publication of the final portion of the catalogue raisonné, the first of which was published in conjunction with the 1982 Stedelijk Museum exhibitions. Mangold was included in Documenta and the Whitney Museum Biennial three times, and in the Venice Biennale in 1993. In 2000, Phaidon Press published the monograph, “Robert Mangold.”
Mangold’s work can be found in most major public collections around the world, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; The Art Institute of Chicago; Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, The Netherlands; The Cleveland Museum of Art; Fundació “la Caixa,” Barcelona, Spain; the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC; The J. Paul Getty Trust, Malibu, CA; the Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Menil Collection, Houston, TX; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY; theStedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.