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ROBERT MANGOLD Beyond the Line: Paintings and Project 2000–2008

Friday, October 23, 2009–Sunday, January 31, 2010

Robert Mangold (American, born 1937). Column Structure IX, 2006. Acrylic, graphite, and black pencil on canvas. 96 x 120 inches (243.8 x 304.8 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Bequest of Arthur B. Michael, by exchange, 2007. © 2010 Robert Mangold / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Organized by Albright-Knox Chief Curator Douglas Dreishpoon, 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 Art Gallery.

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.

In commemoration of the important exhibition ROBERT MANGOLD | Beyond the Line: Paintings and Project 2000–2008, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, in association with Harry N. Abrams, Inc., has published a clothbound book that serves as both the exhibition catalogue and a document of the United States Courthouse commission. The book traces Mangold’s artistic roots and development, from his austere geometric paintings of the 1970s to his work on the Buffalo courthouse windows and the animated ring images he is creating today. Insightful essays by exhibition curator Douglas Dreishpoon; Marla Prather, senior consultant in the Department of Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and architect William Pedersen, along with an in-depth interview by Dreishpoon with the artist, afford an intimate look at his process.
The book is available in both a Collectors Edition and in a Museum Trade Edition.

Collectors Edition

  • Clothbound book, 128 pages, 13 inches high x 10 inches wide, fully illustrated with more than 140 color plates
  • Deluxe clamshell box
  • Original woodcut from Mangold’s “Ring Images” series, produced by the renowned printmaking studio Simmelink/Sukimoto.
  • Individually signed and numbered by the artist in an edition of 40.
  • Available only to exhibition sponsors, whose benefits include invitations to special exhibition-related events, acknowledgment in all printed materials related to the exhibition, on the Gallery Website, and on Gallery signage.
  • Available now
  • $2,500 plus shipping and handling

Museum Trade Edition

  • Clothbound book, 128 pages, 13 inches high x 10 inches wide, fully illustrated with more than 140 color plates
  • Custom cloth slipcase
  • Offset lithograph scanned from the original woodcut from Mangold’s “Ring Images” series, edition of 1,950
  • Available September 9, 2009
  • $150 plus tax, shipping, and handling

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This exhibition and book project are supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Major foundation sponsorship support for this exhibition has been provided by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation in American Art.

Leadership support of this exhibition has been generously provided by:
Susan O'Connor Baird and Bruce Baird
Charles Balbach
Drs. Andy and Helen Cappuccino
Donald H. Cloudsley
Debra and George Couch
Isabella and Theodor Dalenson
Walter De Logi
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen R. Foley
Dr. Robert and Caterine Gatewood
Martha and Tom Hyde
Roberta and Michael Joseph
John and Mary Pappajohn, Des Moines
Dieter and Beatrice Schwarz
Annemarie and Gianfranco Verna
Elisabeth Roche Wilmers and Robert Wilmers
Leslie and Howard Zemsky