Alexander and Bonin

Sylvia Plimack Mangold

08 Sep - 13 Oct 2007

"The Maple Tree", (Summer) 2006
oil on linen
30 x 40 in / 76.2 x 101.6 cm

An exhibition of recent paintings and watercolors by Sylvia Plimack Mangold will open on September 8th at Alexander and Bonin.

For the past twenty years, Plimack Mangold has made the trees on her property in Washingtonville, NY her primary motif. Her approach to the trees is much like her earlier floor, tape and mirror paintings in its insistent visualization of real world elements that transcend subject matter as painted surfaces and existentialist records. Plimack Mangold creates her painted examinations of Maple and Pin Oak trees in recurring circumstances (tree, view and season). To allow for the closest conditions of observation the paintings are often made over two consecutive summers or winters and are set aside for the three seasons that occur between.

This exhibition will also include a group of watercolors of the Pin Oak. These newest watercolors are painted in grey, black and white—a tonal, non-photographic presentation of nature. Watercolor presents a wholly different challenge and result than oil paint and has been a consistent medium for Plimack Mangold since 1993.

Sylvia Plimack Mangold was born in New York City in 1938. Her paintings were first exhibited in group shows including Realism Now curated by Linda Nochlin for Vassar College Art Gallery in 1968 and Direct Representation: an Exhibition of Five New Realist Artists Selected by Scott Burton at Fischbach Gallery (1969). Since 1974 her work has been the subject of more than thirty solo exhibitions including three museum surveys.

After its presentation at Alexander and Bonin, this exhibition will travel to Annemarie Verna Galerie, Zürich (November 9–January 12). Paintings by Plimack Mangold from the mid-1970s are included in WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, a traveling exhibition curated by Connie Butler for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. In February 2008, a selection of approximately twenty paintings ranging from 1969 to the present will be included in Solitaire: Three Painters organized by Helen Molesworth for the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus

Tags: Scott Burton, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Sylvia Plimack-Mangold