An interview with Robert Mangold conducted 2017 November 16, by Christopher Lyon, for the Archives of American Art, at Mangold's studio in Washingtonville, New York.
Mangold speaks of his childhood in the North Tonawanda, New York; early experiences of drawing; attending the Cleveland Institute of Art, a summer program at Yale Norfolk, and graduate school at Yale; his first encounter and experiments with Abstract Expressionism in the late 1950s; the influence of Pop art and New York City's built environment on his work; moving to New York in 1962; the art world social scene of the early 1960s; his teaching career at SVA; his investigative approach to art-making; his approach to making series of works; the influence of living in the countryside on his work; his investigations of drawn lines in paintings beginning in the late '60s; his recent decision to hire an assistant; his formative summer of 1974 in Italy; his 2017 retrospective survey at Mnuchin Gallery; and his comments on certain pieces reproduced in the Pace Gallery catalogue of his work. Mangold also recalls Bernard Chaet, Alex Katz, Josef Albers, Brice Marden, Neil Welliver, Lucy Lippard, Robert Ryman, Sol LeWitt, Eva Hesse, Don Nice, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Robert Mangold (1937- ) is a minimalist artist in New York, New York. Christopher Lyon (1949- ) is an author and publisher in Brooklyn, New York.
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.