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Sylvia Plimack Mangold
acrylic and pencil on canvas
Canvas: 44 × 55 3/4 inches (111.8 × 141.6 cm)Framed: 45 1/8 × 57 × 1 1/4 inches (114.6 × 144.8 × 3.2 cm)
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Gift of Ronald J. Strahan in memory of A. Aladar Marberger.
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Sylvia Plimack Mangold is an American artist born in New York City. She studied at Cooper Union and Yale University. Plimack Mangold entered the art scene when the art world was dominated by male artists dealing with Conceptualism and Minimalism. Plimack Mangold was able to find her own path using ordinary, almost mundane motifs as her source of inspiration.

From the late 1960s and 1970s, she began producing meticulous paintings of the wooden floors in her studio or other interior spaces. These allude to monochromatic painting, geometric abstraction, Minimalism, and Color Field or stain paintings that were the predominant movements at the time. But, by placing paintings of floors on the wall, Plimack Mangold experiments with several new things: she calls attention to the object nature of painting; she welcomes the viewer’s presence as a participant, instead of only an observer; and she wryly comments the common practice by certain male Minimalist artists of the time, like Carl Andre, who installed their works on the floor of galleries and museums instead of using the walls.