Sylvia Plimack Mangold

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the final venue for the first comprehensive survey of Sylvia Plimack Mangold’s paintings, housed an exhibit of 54 major canvases and a single drypoint print, all executed between 1967 and 1994. This retrospective, organized by the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, documents this artist’s evolution from a realist painter of studio interiors to a landscape painter of the Hudson River Valley. The earliest paintings exhibited (which date from 1967 to 1975) were austere images of floorboards, walls, mirrors and empty studio spaces. The methodical control evident in these compositions earned Plimack Mangold considerable fame as a painter in the late ’60s and early ’70s. This exhibition presented the full range of Man-gold’s thematic and visual repertoire: trompe l’oeil images of rulers, paper, and masking tape; landscape studies inside larger, almost abstract

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