ROBERT MANGOLD, Recent Paintings & Works on Paper
Robert Mangold, born in 1937 in North Tonawanda, New York, had his first showing in Switzerland in a solo exhibition at the Annemarie Verna Gallery back in 1973. This also constituted one of the artist's first exhibitions in Europe. In the years since, the gallery has shown new groups of works on a regular basis. Now for the ninth time, a presentation of new pieces gives art lovers the opportunity to vividly experience an important step in the work of this outstanding artist personality. All works were created in view of this exhibition.
The special thing about this premiere is that a group of works has been created, following a hiatus from creative activity, that introduces a striking new motif of form. This is an impetus and trigger for decisions and strategies that are developed and broadened in a series of paintings and works on paper. The diversity and unity of this complex of works, entitled and described by the artist as 'Curled Figure Works', is established through this both strange and familiar linear arabesque. A marked painterly delicacy characterizes the surfaces of both the paintings and the pastels.
Robert Mangold is a painter who does his work deliberately and reflectively. This 'doing' is a creative process and a means of discovery and perception. A tool to achieve the work and continue the working process within self-set parameters.
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