September 13, 2007

Sylvia Plimack Mangold: tree, view, season

"Sylvia Plimack Mangold," Alexander and Bonin, New York, NY. Through Oct. 13. Annemarie Verna Galerie, Zürich, November 9–January 12. Paintings by Plimack Mangold from the mid-1970s are included in "WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution," a traveling exhibition curated by Connie Butler for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. In February 2008, a selection of approximately twenty paintings ranging from 1969 to the present will be included in "Solitaire: Three Painters" organized by Helen Molesworth for the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus. Other artist include Lee Lozano and Joan Semmel.

David Cohen reports in the NY Sun: "It is more than the seasons that turn in these paintings, as differences of approach abound. And it is not simply that dense foliage brings out greater variety of brushstroke and mixing of color than bare branches against a steady sky; it is almost as if a different pictorial language, or at least a dialect, is spoken with the changes of medium and season....Ms. Plimack Mangold occupies an odd position vis à vis tradition. The fact that she depicts landscape in what seems like a straightforward, accessible style can make her seem old-fashioned, and certainly ensures some affection for her endeavors in the traditionalist camp. But there is an obstinate plainness about her treatment of trees, an anti-romanticism that resists all the symbolist baggage of trees. Instead she offers a literal interpretation of the visual facts as they present themselves to close but dispassionate observation." Read more.

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