PRINT March 1974

Robert Mangold: An Interview

RECENTLY I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT the content of abstract art, which is a subject people tend to shy away from. It may be too soon in our .discussion even to bring it up, but your early work is often described as having to do with the content implied by an industrial vocabulary. For example, Lucy Lippard read it that way in 1965. At that time that seemed an attractive way to characterize it because of so much else that was going on, namely Minimalist sculpture and certain Minimal painting, which was clearly evocative of industrial processes, industrial shapes, industrial ways of forming. And so she talks about your content as being touched by that, and yet I don’t really feel that that’s true—at least my sense of the work.

Well, the pieces that were referred to were literally sectional kind of walls.

And did you think of them as being about panels, and architectural fragments?

Yes. I was

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