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Sylvia Plimack Mangold

Droll/Kolbert

There are images in Sylvia Plimack Mangold’s new paintings, and I mean pictorial images. No more strictly realist in her inventory of objects, Mangold chooses the landscape as a predominating image. But landscape seen a priori as a painted image.

The titles of the paintings name seasons. The color range focuses on spring greens, light ochres, wintery grays, lemon yellows, sky blues. Even when there is no landscape image represented, the feel of an expansive, light-filled space is still very much present. We do see fields of grain, foothills, meadows. Within the givens of Man-gold’s previous work, there is no reason why the paintings should have sprouted these images (although she had been leaning toward natural rather than studio light). The new material does not seem an inorganic addition, but an extension of her earlier concerns, and it is thoroughly integrated into her previous style.

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