Sylvia Plimack Mangold

" known for her representational paintings of interiors and landscapes. Her early paintings from the 1960s are meticulous depictions of subtle details seemingly from her immediate surroundings, like parquet floors and the corners of rooms. Over time, her focus on these interior spaces has moved toward an exploration of landscape, often creating details of tree branches. While her subject matter has gradually changed and developed over her career, her work has remained..."

"... born Sylvia Plimack in New York City, the daughter of Ethel, an office administrator, and Maurice Plimack, an accountant and businessman. She grew up in Queens, and attended the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan, after high school she was accepted into the program at Cooper Union in 1956. She continued her studies at Yale University and graduated with a BFA in 1961. In the same year she married Yale classmate and fellow painter Robert Mangold.

After studying at Yale with William Bailey and others, Plimack Mangold worked as a representational painter. Her paintings in the early 1960s were paintings of floors, walls and corners, compositions where mirror images were also introduced, making the space more complex. In the 1970s she added trompe l'oeil elements such as metal rulers and masking tape along the borders of the images. In the 1980s she introduced the images of the landscape to the canvas affixed by the image of masking tape. Eventually, the landscape image filled the entire canvas and focused on individual trees, their branches cropped so as to create the spaces between the limbs and branches of the trees. All the landscape paintings are done from observation. Even as the subject matter of Plimack Mangold's paintings has shifted, her work has always been based in perceptual realism, inviting viewers to observe from up close and mirroring her own process of observation."
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