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Sylvia Plimack Mangold and Robert Ryman

November 29, 2014 – January 24, 2015

Sylvia Plimack Mangold and Robert Ryman have been colleagues for 40+ years and Ryman has collected a number of Plimack Mangold’s works.  While to some, their interests are divergent, with close investigation, it is clear to see how both artists share interest in not only the process of focused exploration, but also the details within the works, such as representation, layers, surface and variation.

This exhibition is the first time these two artists have been paired directly.  For Ryman, the exhibition includes a selection of his editioned works from 1972 all the way to his most recent ones from 2010.  For Plimack Mangold, the exhibition focuses on 1974 – 1984, a ten year period where she most overtly explored expectation, perception, representation and surface.

Robert Ryman’s works utilize different printing techniques (from screenprint to etching to aquatint).  Most often, the works expose the subtle balance between formal decisions made by the artist and the inherent properties of the materials and techniques used.  In the 1990-1991 suite of five works, one sheet has straight etching.  One sheet has etching and aquatint.  Another sheet has two aquatinted plates.  These three are all on the same machine-made paper with cut edges.  Two other sheets are on handmade paper with deckled edges and are single plate aquatints.  These two last ones are on different colored papers.  All five engage the format of the square and are printed with only Titanium white etching ink.  This suite lays bare the essence of Ryman’s work.  The artist, by limiting his palette, is able to focus on the materials, processes and supports of art-making.  The breadth of elegant and creative solutions are part of what makes Ryman so well respected.

Sylvia Plimack Mangold’s work from the 1970’s and early 1980’s focused on perception through the use of ‘vehicles’ such as floors and mirrors, rulers and tape.  One of the earliest work in this exhibition, Flexible and Stainless, showcases an image of a wood floor seen in raking perspective.  Overlayed on the floor are two 12″ rulers.  The horizontal ruler’s bottom edge is, in fact, 12″ long.  However, the vertical ruler, while illustrating a 12″ ruler, is rendered in the raking perspective and thus is less than 12″.  By using figurative images, the artist is able to illustrate two types of space simultaneously – the illustrative and the actual.

As Plimack Mangold’s work progressed, this sense of duality became even more focused on the process of image and art creation.  A 1978 drawing, made on sketch paper, displays a grid within which the artist has drawn a landscape of sorts.  However, there is a section of this landscape that has been taped off, so as to focus one’s attention to that specific area.  However, it’s not tape that’s being used, but a lack of gridded lines in the negative form of tape.  Not only is Plimack Mangold focusing one’s attention on how one focuses attention, but she engages the issues of the methodical (a grid and not drawing gridded lines ahead of time, as the area to be focused on was already known), balanced with the aesthetics of the casual (seemingly casual, quick marks along with the subject matter of a landscape).

These two artists explore so many areas of attention, control, creation and representation.  One hopes that this exhibition provides a welcome lense with which to explore further each artist’s works.

Works In Exhibition

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Sylvia Plimack Mangold and Robert Ryman

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Sylvia Plimack Mangold and Robert Ryman

Paper Under Tape, Paint Over Paper

Sylvia Plimack Mangold Paper Under Tape, Paint Over Paper 1977 Etching and aquatint from four plates in olive green, pink, yellow ocher, and raw umber

Edition of 50
Signed and dated 1.r.: Sylvia Plimack Mangold 1977; numbered 1.1
Image size:  14 1/2 x 16 1/4 inches  (36.8 x 41.3 cm)
Plate size:  18 3/4 x 25 3/4 inches  (47.9 x 65.3 cm)
Paper size:  21 7/8 x 30 1/4 inches  (55.6 x 77 cm)
(Inventory #21652)

Painting Without Paint

Robert Ryman Painting Without Paint 1995 Screenprint

Image/paper size:  24 x 18 inches  (61 x 45.7 cm)
Frame size:  28 x 22 inches  (71.1 x 55.9 cm)
Edition of 100, PP 5/5
Signed ‘RYMAN’, dated and numbered top left
(Inventory #26562)

Untitled #1

Sylvia Plimack Mangold Untitled #1 1984 Painting on paper with deckled edge on bottom

Image/paper size:  22 1/8 x 29 1/2 inches  (56.2 x 74.9 cm)
Frame size:  25 1/8 x 32 3/8 inches  (63.8 x 82.2 cm)
Signed ‘Sylvia Plimack Mangold’ and dated upper right
(Inventory #26558)

Four Aquatints and One Etching

Robert Ryman Four Aquatints and One Etching 1990-1991 A set of five etchings, four of which have aquatint

Paper size: 34 x 34 inches each  (86.4 x 86.4 cm each)
Frame size: 39 1/4 x 39 1/4 inches each  (99.7 x 99.7 cm each)
Edition of 80
Signed, dated and numbered
(Inventory #10669)

Untitled

Sylvia Plimack Mangold Untitled 1978 Black ink and graphite on sketchbook paper with perforated edge

Image size:  7 1/2 x 13 inches  (19.1 x 33 cm)
Paper size:  11 x 14 inches  (27.9 x 35.6 cm)
Signed ‘Sylvia Plimack Mangold’ and dated lower right below image
(Inventory #26771)

Untitled from the Inches and Field series

Sylvia Plimack Mangold Untitled from the Inches and Field series 1978 Unique drawing with graphite, red and blue ink on notebook paper with torn preforrated edge

Image/paper size:  10 1/8 x 14 inches  (25.7 x 35.6 cm)
Signed ‘Sylvia Plimack Mangold’ and dated lower right in pencil
(Inventory #26653)

Floor II

Sylvia Plimack Mangold Floor II 1974 Lithograph from one plate in black

Edition of 38
Image size: 22 x 30 1/8 inches  (55.8 x 76.6 cm)
Paper size: 29 3/4 x 37 3/8 inches  (75.4 x 95 cm)
Signed and dated lower right, numbered lower left
(Inventory #26594)

Exhibition View

Exhibition View

Sylvia Plimack Mangold and Robert Ryman

Light Collector I

Robert Ryman Light Collector I 2010 Four colors screen-printed on vinyl film, collaged on handmade linen paper framed to the artist's specifications

Edition of 35
Image size with frame: 12 1/8 x 12 1/8 x 1 1/2 inches  (30.8 x 30.8 x 3.8 cm)
Paper size: 10 15/16 x 10 15/16 inches  (27.8 x 27.8 cm)
(Inventory #25837)

Light Collector II

Robert Ryman Light Collector II 2010 Four colors screen-printed on vinyl film, collaged on handmade linen paper framed to the artist's specifications

Edition of 35
Image size with frame: 12 1/8 x 12 1/8 x 1 1/2 inches  (30.8 x 30.8 x 3.8 cm)
Paper size: 10 15/16 x 10 15/16 inches  (27.8 x 27.8 cm)
(Inventory #25838)

Flexible and Stainless

Sylvia Plimack Mangold Flexible and Stainless 1975 Lithograph from one plate and three stones in black (twice), transparent gray, and light opaque yellow

Edition of 50
Signed lower right, titled lower center and numbered lower left
Image size: 10 5/8 x 15 inches  (27.3 x 38.2 cm)
Paper size: 21 x 29 3/8 inches  (53.5 x 74.5 cm)
(Inventory #26593)

Exhibition View

Exhibition View

Sylvia Plimack Mangold and Robert Ryman

Untitled [2] (from Seven Aquatints)

Robert Ryman Untitled [2] (from Seven Aquatints) 1972 Etching and aquatint on Rives BFK with deckled edge

Image size: 13 7/8 x 13 9/16 inches (35.2 x 34.4 cm)
Paper size: 24 1/16 x 23 1/2 inches (61.1 x 59.7 cm)
Edition of 50
Signed and dated ‘Ryman72’ and numbered lower left
(Inventory #27357)

Sky, Hills, Grasses, Fence

Sylvia Plimack Mangold Sky, Hills, Grasses, Fence 1978 Ink on paper

Image size:  4 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches  (10.8 x 10.8 cm)
Paper size:  6 x 6 inches  (15.2 x 15.2 cm)
Frame size:  13 5/8 x 13 5/8 inches  (34.6 x 34.6 cm)
Signed ‘SPM’, titled and dated below image
(Inventory #26768)

Untitled

Robert Ryman Untitled 1993 Inked aquatint on Somerset paper with deckled edge

Image/plate size:  13 x 13 inches  (33 x 33 cm)
Paper size:  14 x 14 inches  (35.6 x 35.6 cm)
Edition  of 50
Signed and dated “RYMAN93” recto in graphite. Impression number within inked area and numbered lower right within plate mark
(Inventory #29292)

Untitled

Sylvia Plimack Mangold Untitled 1978 Ochre and black ink on sketchbook paper with perforated edge

Image size:  6 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches  (15.9 x 31.1 cm)
Paper size:  11 x 14 inches  (27.9 x 35.6 cm)
Signed ‘Sylvia Plimack Mangold’ and dated lower right below image
(Inventory #26769)

 

 

Untitled

Sylvia Plimack Mangold Untitled 1978 Black ink on sketchbook paper with perforated edge

Image size:  5 7/8 x 6 inches  (14.9 x 15.2 cm)
Paper size:  11 x 14 inches  (27.9 x 35.6 cm)
Signed ‘Sylvia Plimack Mangold’ and dated lower right below image
(Inventory #26770)

Untitled from the Inches and Field series

Sylvia Plimack Mangold Untitled from the Inches and Field series 1978 Unique drawing with graphite, red ink on notebook paper

Image/paper size:  9 1/16 x 13 inches  (23 x 33 cm)
Signed ‘Sylvia Plimack Mangold’ and dated lower right in pencil
(Inventory #26654)

Untitled from the Couples portfolio

Robert Ryman Untitled from the Couples portfolio 1993 Etching with aquatint

Edition of 75
Signed on left edge, numbered upper left and dated bottom in image
Image/Plate size:  13 x 13 inches(33 x 33 cm)
Paper size:  13 1/2 x 16 7/8 inches(34.3 x 42.9 cm)
Frame size:  20 3/4 x 24 1/8 inches(52.7 x 61.3 cm)
(Inventory #22672)