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    Sale 1999

    Post -War And Contemporary Art Afternoon Session

    14 May 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 389

    Robert Mangold (b. 1937)

    Orange Frame/Blue Ellipse

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    Robert Mangold (b. 1937)
    Orange Frame/Blue Ellipse
    signed, titled and dated 'Orange Frame/Blue Ellipse R. Mangold 1988' (on the reverse of each canvas)
    diptych: acrylic and graphite on canvas
    80 x 105 in. (203.2 x 266.7 cm.)
    Painted in 1988.

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    "I got very interested in the idea that if two things share an edge, you're going to consider them one painting...I was thinking of Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, maybe the greatest painting of this century. It has so many different types of painting going on. I've always loved it, since my days as a guard at The Modern. So, I thought, if I put one kind of structure in this canvas, and another kind in this canvas, and I paint this canvas one way and this one another. Then I started separating them so they were only touching on one point. And I kept trying to figure out how far I could go and still make this dialogue exist"
    (Robert Mangold, quoted in, R. Shiff, Robert Mangold, New York, 2000, p. 246).


    Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles

    Pre-Lot Text