born in 1937, North Tonawanda, N.Y. He lives and works in New York.
Robert Mangold spent his youth in Buffalo, New York. In 1956, he enrolled in the illustration department of the Cleveland Institute of Art. Within a year, he had transferred to the fine-arts division of the school in order to pursue an education in painting, sculpture, and drawing. While studying at the institute in 1957, Mangold travelled to see the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh, where he gained exposure to the work of a wide variety of Abstract Expressionist painters, including Willem de Kooning, Adolph Gottlieb, Franz Kline, and Jackson Pollock. That same year, he attended a major exhibition of Clyfford Still´s paintings at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo. Subsequently, Mangold’s painting reflected an interest in Abstract Expressionism as well as in the work of Alberto Burri and Antonio Tàpies. He began producing large-scale abstract paintings, moving away from an earlier interest in naturalism. After graduating in 1959, he entered the graduate program at the Yale University School of Art and Architecture, New Haven.
His first solo exhibition was in 1964 at Thibaut Gallery, Nueva York, since then his work has been shown in numerous occasions and retrospectives, in national and international institutions. His work is present in more than 75 public collections in United States as well as in other countries including the Kunstmuseum in Basel; the Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Art Museum of Cleveland; the Art Museum of Dallas; the J. Paul Getty Foundation in Los Angeles; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York; the Art Museum of Atlanta; the Sculpture Garden and Hirshhorn Museum of Washington, D.C.; the Israel Museum, in Jerusalem; Contemporary Art Museum in Los Angeles; the Fine Arts Museum of Houston; the Fine Arts Museum of Boston; the Museum of Modern Art of New York; the National Gallery of Washington, D.C.; the Art Museum of Nelson-Atkins, in Kansas City; the National Museum Centre of Art Reina Sofía, Madrid; the Stedelijk Museum of Amsterdam; the Tate Gallery in London; the Walker Arts Centre of Minneapolis; and the Whitney Museum of North American Art of New York.
In 1968, Mangold began employing acrylic instead of oil paint, rolling rather than spraying it on Masonite or plywood grounds. Within the year, he moved from these more industrially oriented supports to canvas. He received a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1969, with which he and Plimack built a home in the Catskills. They lived there through the mid-1970s, at which time they moved to Washingtonville, New York, where they still reside. In 1970, Mangold began working with shaped canvases and within the year began brushing rather than spraying paint onto canvas. He became affiliated with John Weber Gallery in 1972, with Paula Cooper Gallery in 1984, and with Pace Gallery in 1991. Major museum exhibitions of his work have been held at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in 1971, the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, in 1974, and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, in 1982.
In 1998, coinciding with a solo exhibition at the Wiesbaden Museum, Mangold was awarded with the Jawlensky Recognition from the city. As a consequence of this exhibition it was published the second part of his catalogue raisonné of his prints work, which first part was edited in 1982, coinciding with another solo exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Mangold has participated in different art fairs such as Documenta Kassel (1972, 1977 y 1982), the Biennale of the Whitney Museum (1979, 1983, 1985, 2004) or the Venice Biennale (1993). In 2000 the Phaidon Press editorial published the first monograph about Robert Mangold.