New York

Robert Mangold

John Weber Gallery

Robert Mangold’s Painting for Three Walls is just that: a work of three two-panel paintings painted in the open cube of a studio and installed in the similar cube of a gallery. The center canvas is blue-gray, the one to the left is orange-yellow, and the one to the right is green-brown. As is common with Mangold, each of the supports is not quite a rectangle, (but on paper that sounds more distorted than they actually look). Within each of these “distorted rectangles” is drawn a “corrected rectangle,” that is, a rectangle that looks true. In the yellow and gray canvases the corrected rectangle echoes the horizontality of the distorted rectangle; in the brown canvas the vertical is emphasized.

For more than a decade, Mangold has worked with ratios between distorted edges and corrected lines (in a way often reminiscent of the visual deceits long practiced by architects). In addition, except

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