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Robert Mangold. Works from 1973 to 2005


The concision and beauty of the works of Robert Mangold wee on display in Madrid until the end of July in an exhibition that was an opportunity to withness the evolution of this American artist over more than three decades. Mangold is considered one of the founders of the minimalist movement, notable for taking purity of language to its maximum form. The term was coined by Richard Wollheim in 1965 when it appeared in one of his articles in Art Magazine in New York.

The exhibition was an opportunity to witness his evolution from 1973 to 2005. His first paintings display monochromatic surfaces, with no tonal alterations whatsoever. In order to prevent any appearance of depth he used a roller to ensure the surface of the canvas was completely uniform. Upon this he used a pencil to inscribe a linear structure, creating opposing rhythms without negating the base’s geometric logic.

From the ‘90s onwards, his colour palette moved towards an earthier scheme, alluding to the hues of Greek ceramics. His interest in classicism is reflected in his works during the 2000s, “Columns”, some of which are over three metres high.

Minimal Art in general and Mangold in particular seek a coherence between the pieces and the spaces they will inhabit. His large format works have been exhibited in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.


Hermanos Álvarez Quintero, 1
28004 Madrid. Spain

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