Robert Mangold

John Weber Gallery

Robert Mangold’s latest show consists of four paintings, three painted studies, and four drawings (shown on projecting wedges). Two of the major works use a similar format: an isoceles triangle inscribed in two adjacent, equal rectangles. In one, the panels are parallel; in the other, perpendicular. Both are roughly 4 by 5 feet. The other two works (dated 1976) are larger. In one, two right-triangular panels form a scalene triangle, in which are inscribed two squares, the inner complete, the outer truncated by the right hypotenuse. In the other, two right-triangular panels and one rectangular panel form a trapezoid; at either end, unequal squares are drawn tangential to the hypotenuse and across the panel divisions. In all these works the inscribed forms touch the painting edges.

Critical norms often define painters negatively; this is the case with Mangold and Minimalism. Mangold’s work

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