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View of “Robert Mangold,” 2014.

Robert Mangold

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View of “Robert Mangold,” 2014.

For this commanding exhibition, Robert Mangold presented a group of ten paintings (accompanied by twelve drawings) executed between 2011 and 2014. Characterized, most saliently, by the wide holes cut into their centers, the spare, donut-shaped canvases explicitly recall the artist’s “Ring Paintings,” 2011, and “Frame Paintings,” 1983–85, and find him continuing the exploration of the fundamental elements of composition—of line, shape, and color—that he undertook in those series.

The works are imposing; the largest, Angled Ring I, 2011, has dimensions exceeding eight by eight feet. Perhaps as a result of this scale, they read as three-dimensional containers of space, almost like sculptures; the breached central portions welcome the viewer’s gaze and lead it into the liminal space of the caesura, and then into absence. Yet this emphasis on materiality, on the play of the

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