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Sylvia Plimack Mangold (born September 18, 1938) is an American artist, painter, printmaker, and pastelist. She is known for her representational depictions of interiors and landscapes. She is the mother of film director and screenwriter James Mangold, and a musician Andrew Mangold.

Sylvia Plimack Mangold
Sylvia Plimack

(1938-09-18) September 18, 1938 (age 80)
ResidenceWashingtonville, New York
Spouse(s)Robert Mangold
ChildrenJames Mangold
Andrew Mangold
Parent(s)Ethel and Maurice Plimack


Life and careerEdit

Plimack Mangold was born Sylvia Plimack in New York City, the daughter of Ethel, an office administrator, and Maurice Plimack, an accountant and businessman.[1][2][3] She grew up in Queens, and attended the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan, after high school she was accepted into the program at Cooper Union in 1956. She continued her studies at Yale University and graduated with a B.F.A. in 1961. In the same year she married Yale classmate and fellow painter Robert Mangold.

After studying at Yale with William Bailey and others, Plimack Mangold worked as a representational painter. Her paintings in the early 1960s were paintings of floors, walls and corners, compositions where mirror images were also introduced, making the space more complex. In the 1970s she added trompe l'oeil elements such as metal rulers and masking tape along the borders of the images.

In the 1980s she introduced the images of the landscape to the canvas affixed by the image of masking tape. Eventually, the landscape image filled the entire canvas and focused on individual trees, their branches cropped so as to create the spaces between the limbs and branches of the trees. All the landscape paintings are done from observation. Even as the subject matter of Plimack Mangold's paintings has shifted, her work has always been based in perceptual realism, inviting viewers to observe from up close and mirroring her own process of observation.[4]

Mangold received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1975.[5] Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston[6], the Neuberger Museum of Art[7] at the State University of New York at Purchase, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery,[8] and the Wadsworth Atheneum[citation needed] in Hartford, Connecticut, and is represented in the aforementioned museums in Boston,[9] Hartford,[10] and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.[11]

Selected exhibitionsEdit

Selected solo exhibitionsEdit

  • 2017: Sylvia Plimack Mangold: Summer and Winter, Alexander and Bonin, New York
  • 2016: Sylvia Plimack Mangold: Floors and Rulers, 1967-76, Craig F. Starr Gallery, New York
  • 2012-13: Sylvia Plimack Mangold: Landscape and Trees, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1999: Sylvia Plimack Mangold: Trees, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • 1997: New Paintings and Watercolors, Annemarie Verna Galerie, Zürich
  • 1995: Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Paintings, 1990- 1995, Brooke Alexander, New York
  • 1994-96: The Paintings of Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT; Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • 1992: Sylvia Plimack Mangold: Works on Paper 1968-1991, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor; The Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, UCLA; Neuberger Museum, State University of New York at Purchase; Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University
  • 1985: Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago
  • 1982: Sylvia Plimack Mangold: Paintings 1965-1982, Madison Art Center, WI; Grand Rapids Art Museum, MI
  • 1982: The Art of Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC
  • 1981: Perspectives: Sylvia Mangold: Nocturnal Paintings, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
  • 1980-81: Sylvia Plimack Mangold: Matrix 62, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford
  • 1980: Young Hoffman Gallery, Chicago
  • 1980: Sylvia Mangold, Ohio State University Gallery of Fine Art, Columbus
  • 1978: Annemarie Verna Galerie, Zürich
  • 1978: Droll/Kolbert Gallery, New York
  • 1975: Sylvia Plimack Mangold: Recent Paintings, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, San Francisco
  • 1974: Fischbach Gallery, New York

Selected group exhibitionsEdit

  • 2017: Looking Back / The 11th White Columns Annual, White Columns, New York
  • 2017: Elements of XXX, Part I, 47 Canal, New York
  • 2016: Approaching American Abstraction, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • 2013: EXPO 1: New York, MoMA PS1, Long Island City
  • 2012-13: Materializing “Six Years”: Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art, Brooklyn Museum
  • 2011: Exhibition of Work by Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York
  • 2007: WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; MoMA PS1, New York; Vancouver Art Gallery, BC
  • 2006: Plane Figure: American Art in Swiss Private Collections and from the Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Kunstmuseum Winterthur
  • 2004: Neil Jenney, Ree Morton, Sylvia Plimack Mangold: early works 1965-1975, Alexander and Bonin, New York
  • 2002: 110 Years: The Permanent Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX
  • 1999: Afterimage: Drawing Through Process, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  • 1993: Yale Collects Yale, 1950-1993, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
  • 1991: Open Mind: The LeWitt Collection, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
  • 1980: Drawings: The Pluralist Decade, United States Pavilion, Venice Biennial XXXIX; Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Henie Onstad Museum, Hovikodden, Norway; Biblioteca Nationale Madrid; Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon
  • 1977: Ten Years 1967-1977: A View of the Decade, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
  • 1977: Documenta 6, Kassel, Germany
  • 1975: 1975 Selections from the Collection of Dorothy and Herbert Vogel, The Clocktower Institute for Art and Urban Resources, P.S. 1 (now MoMA PS1), Long Island City, NY
  • 1972: Annual Exhibition: Contemporary American Painting, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
  • 1971: Summer Exhibition: Tony Berlant, Mario Dubsky, Sylvia Mangold, Gordon Newton, Susan Shatter, Sylvia Stone, Robert Swain, Lynton Wells, Knoedler Gallery, New York
  • 1969: Direct Representation: An Exhibition of Five New Realist Artists Selected by Scott Burton, Fischbach Gallery, New York; London Arts Gallery, Detroit
  • 1968: Realism Now, Vassar College Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY

Selected collectionsEdit

Selected bibliographyEdit

  • Sylvia Plimack Mangold: Floors and Rules, 1967–76. Published by Craig F. Starr Gallery, New York, 2016
  • Sylvia Plimack Mangold: Landscape and Trees, ex. cat. West Palm Beach, Florida: Norton Museum of Art, 2012 ISBN 978-0943411507
  • Sylvia Plimack Mangold. Published by Alexander and Bonin, New York, 2012
  • Natural Sympathies: Sylvia Plimack Mangold and Lovis Corinth Works on Paper. Published by Alexander and Bonin, New York, 2009
  • The Paintings of Sylvia Plimack Mangold. Co-published by Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo and Hudson Hills Press, New York, 1994 ISBN 978-1555951030
  • Sylvia Plimack Mangold: Works on Paper 1968-1991. Co-published by Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University and University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, 1992 ISBN 978-0912303468
  • Sylvia Plimack Mangold Paintings 1987-1989. Published by Brooke Alexander, New York, 1989
  • Sylvia Plimack Mangold Paintings 1965-1982. Published by Madison Art Center, Madison, Wisconsin, 1982
  • Inches and Field. Published by Lapp Princess Press Ltd., New York, 1978


  1. ^ The paintings of Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1994), page 115
  2. ^ Sylvia Plimack Mangold - works on paper, 1968-1991, Davison Art Center, University of Michigan. Museum of Art (1992), page 7
  3. ^
  4. ^ Berlind, Robert (July–August 2012). "Sylvia Plimack Mangold: Recent Works". The Brooklyn Rail.
  5. ^ "CLARA". Retrieved 2018-06-29.
  6. ^ "The Paintings of Sylvia Plimack Mangold | Albright-Knox". Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  7. ^ Raynor, Vivien (1993). "ART; Wintry Scenes and Looking-Glass Worlds". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  8. ^ "The Paintings of Sylvia Plimack Mangold | Albright-Knox". Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  9. ^ "Collections Search". Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  10. ^ "Wadsworth Atheneum Collection". Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  11. ^ "Brooklyn Museum". Retrieved 2018-03-07.


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