Five Color Frame
21 in. x 17 1/2 in. (53.34 cm x 44.45 cm)
Medium and Support:
Color block print on paper
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase
© Robert Mangold / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Painter and printmaker Robert Mangold's style aligns him with Minimalism, in which artists attempt to strip colors, shapes, and textures down to their essence while often using industrial products. Following these principles, Mangold's signature compositions feature geometric shapes in bold colors that he forms from paint on both Masonite and plywood.
Mangold's woodblock print, "Five Color Frame" recalls his painting, "Four Color Frame Painting, #5", 1984, from his series of "frame" paintings, created from melding several rectangular canvases of various colors in a shape that "frames" a portion of the wall. On the surface of the paintings, Mangold hand-drew an ellipse to emphasize and join together the different elements. "Five Color Frame", while similar in process and in imagery to the earlier painting, has some important differences: Mangold shifted the colors, and in the print, the frame becomes illusory as he filled the square representing the wall with color.