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Robert Mangold in "Balance"Preview

In this preview from the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 6 episode, Balance, artist Robert Mangold—from his studio in Washingtonville, NY—discusses the origins of Minimalism, having experienced first-hand as a young artist the latter part of Abstract Expressionism and the arrival of Pop Art.

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Robert Mangold

With classical restraint, Robert Mangold translates the most basic of formal elements—shape, line, and color—into paintings, prints, and drawings whose simplicity of form expresses complex ideas. He renders the surface of each canvas with subtle color modulations and sinewy, hand-drawn graphite lines. While his focus on formal considerations may seem paramount, he also delights in thwarting those considerations—setting up problems for the viewer. Over the course of years and in multiple series of shaped canvases that explore variations on rings, columns, trapezoids, arches, and crosses, he has also provoked viewers to consider the idea of paintings without centers.

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