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Five Color Frame

(American, 1937-)
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© Robert Mangold / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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Relying upon an abstract, geometry-based style, Mangold uses only a few elements-lines and fields of color-to achieve a rigorous order he then subverts. His work arouses and then confounds expectations. For instance, in Five Color Frame, the black line should form a perfect oval but does not. It is pulled, pushed, and carefully deformed by the colored rectangles through which it passes. This tension enlivens the work, but in the end, the colors, lines, and shapes are resolved into a satisfying balance.
Five Color Frame

Five Color Frame


Robert Mangold, Crown Point Press

(American, 1937-), null
America, 20th century

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