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Robert Mangold's gently curving, majestic paintings are among the most beautiful abstract works of the late twentieth century. Emerging in the 1960s, Mangold is often associated with Minimalism for his non-hierarchical compositions and use of simple geometric forms. His subtle colours and soft, hand-drawn figures also recall other sources, from traditional Greek pottery to the frescoes of Piero. Among the most accomplished painters working today, Mangold is collected in the world's pre-eminent museums.

This first comprehensive monograph assesses Mangold's contribution to contemporary painting, with essays by some of the most distinguished writers on contemporary art. Richard Shiff, Chair in Art at the University of Texas, Austin, interprets Mangold's art in the context of its broad cultural history; Robert Storr, curator at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, analyses the work in relation to late twentieth-century painting; Arthur C Danto, Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, New York, examines in depth the Zone Paintings series; and art critic Nancy Princenthal presents a chronological history of the concepts in the work. Also included is a conversation with the artist's wife, painter Sylvia Plimack Mangold, on the sources behind his work, and artist's statements accompanied by photographs of the artist in his studio by their son, the noted filmmaker James Mangold.

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Robert Mangold is a pre-eminent figure in post-war painting. His large, gently curving paintings are among the most majestically beautiful abstract works of the late 20th century. In contrast to the sober austerity of his minimalist peers, with whom he is often associated, Mangold uses unusual, subtle colours and soft, hand-drawn geometries, endowing his large-scale paintings with a unique sensibility and presence. This is a monograph on one of most significant contemporary painters working today and is a timely retrospective on his work, made in close association with the artist himself. Mangold's work is celebrated in this book by some of contemporary art's most prestigious writers, among them Robert Storr, Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

About the Author:

Richard Shiff is an art historian and the Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Art and Director of the Center for the Study of Modernism at the University of Texas at Austin. Robert Storr is Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, formerly Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Arthur C Danto is Johnsonian Professor Emetrius of Philosophy at Columbia University, New York, and the art critic for The Nation. Nancy Princenthal is a noted American art critic whose writings have appeared in Art in America, Parkett and Artforum, among other journals. Sylvia Plimack Mangold is a painter and has been married to Robert Mangold since 1961.

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