Robert Mangold

Biography of Robert Mangold

A key figure in Minimalist art, Robert Mangold’s restrained aesthetic of geometric shapes and subtle colors has brought him immense international renown. Mangold was born in 1937 and has been exploring the complexities and interrelations of lines, curves, and planes of color with striking economy of form since the 1960s. Not limiting himself to painting, the artist made his first fine art limited edition prints in 1972 and continued to produce them over the course of his long career.


>Functioning as experiments in spatial relations, Mangold’s works frequently explore the form of the semicircle, modulated by carefully selected color combinations and fine lines crossing their surface. His striking pieces present the viewer with clearly illustrated visual and conceptual puzzles—how a circle fits into a polygon for instance—actively engaging the audience’s attention and securing his place as one of the most respected Minimalist artists of his time.


Robert Mangold has exhibited extensively worldwide and has had solo shows at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, among others. The New York-based artist’s work has been shown three times in both documenta and the Whitney Biennial. Mangold also exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1993. His work can be found in such renowned public collections as the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Collection, London, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

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