Robert Mangold: Paintings And Works On Paper 2013 - 2017
510 West 25th Street, New York
May 6 – June 17, 2017
Pace Gallery is pleased to present Robert Mangold: Paintings and Works on Paper 2013 – 2017, an exhibition of the artist’s most recent work. His fourteenth solo exhibition with Pace, this recent body of large scale paintings and works on paper highlight Mangold’s continued evolution and mastery of abstract painting. Robert Mangold: Paintings and Works on Paper 2013 – 2017 will be on view from May 6 to June 17, 2017 at 508/510 West 25th Street. Pace will publish a catalogue to accompany the exhibition, with an essay by Marla Prather, former curator at the National Gallery of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Tate Modern, and most recently Senior Consultant at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Prather previously wrote on the artist for the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, as well as for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo.
Mangold’s new works, as Prather writes, show “He is artistically principled but not formally dogmatic, and that the mutability of any formula has become one of the touchstones of his life’s work.” Exploring the possibilities of punctured shapes, and the relationships between painted surface, drawing, and the wall, Mangold’s new works are a continuation of ideas explored in Pace’s 2014 exhibition Robert Mangold. No longer working in series Mangold has allowed ideas in one painting to evolve into the next. In his new work the artist creates complex compositions consisting of multi-paneled shaped canvases with multiple apertures, hand drawn graphite lines, and subtly modulated planes of color as always with unconscious references to earlier aspects of his work.
Robert Mangold: Paintings and Works on Paper 2013 – 2017 reveals Mangold’s masterful combination of the elements that make up his paintings, balancing “line, color and shape in equal measure.” Each aspect of the work is considered and plays its role in determining the whole, none overpowering another. The paintings are on canvas but as Prather notes, regarding Two Open Squares Within a Green Area, 2016, “the artist circumnavigates the openings with lines that clarify that his work is as much about drawing as it is about painting.” A further insight into Mangold’s process and the importance of drawing can be seen in the artist’s works on paper, which have been given their own space in the exhibition. Although not direct studies for the paintings in the exhibition, these works show the evolution of ideas from paper to canvas as well as from one painting to the next.