This exhibition honors the outstanding career of Robert Mangold, an artist whose native roots are in Buffalo and who has been a major figure in the investigation of geometric abstraction since the 1960s. Born in North Tonawanda, New York, in 1937, Mangold’s earliest visits to an art museum were to the Albright-Knox.
This nearly ten-year survey explores the development of the artist’s paintings and works on paper with his “Curled Figures,” “Columns,” “Column Structures,” and most recently his “Ring Images” series. Mangold’s monumental commission for the colored glass windows in Buffalo’s new United States Courthouse, scheduled to open in July 2010, will also be featured in the exhibition through architectural models, preliminary sketches, and photographs that document the building and the site. Designed by architect William Pedersen, the courthouse will connect Buffalo’s illustrious architectural past with its future.
This exhibition is organized by Chief Curator Douglas Dreishpoon.