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Four Color Frame Painting #4

Four Color Frame Painting #4

Artist: Robert Mangold (b. 1937)

Four Color Frame Painting #4

Date: 1984
Medium: Acrylic and black pencil on canvas
10 feet x 84 inches (304.8 x 213.36 cm)
Credit Line: Purchase: acquired through the generosity of the William T. Kemper Foundation---Commerce Bank, Trustee
Object number: 2001.14.A-D
On view
Current Location:G, L4
DescriptionThe painting consists of four rectangular canvases with edges aligned so that the painting's perimeter is an uninterrupted rectangular frame. Each panel is of variable width, and colors are yellow, red, red-orange and green. Sweeping through the whole and touching the four external edges, an ovoid drawn in graphite, balances vertically on its narrow end.
Copyright: This work is copyrighted. Contact Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Exhibition HistoryRobert Mangold: Frame Paintings 1983-84, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, 1984, no cat.
Gallery LabelRobert Mangold
American, born 1937

Four Color Frame Painting #4, 1984
Acrylic and black pencil on canvas

Robert Mangold's subject matter is the interaction of line, form, color, space, surface, shape and scale. The artist stresses these components of painting and the object-like quality of the work. Yet he succeeds in translating purism into poetry, drawing the ellipse by hand and balancing all elements through an intuitive approach rather than by mathematical formula. The graphite ellipse animates and unifies the perfectly balanced four-color painting, establishes a human presence and suggests the spectator's physical orientation in relation to the work.

Purchase: acquired through the generosity of the William T. Kemper Foundation-Commerce Bank, Trustee
ProvenanceWith Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY;
Philp Schrager, Omaha, NE;
With Pace Wildenstein, New York, NY;
Judy Niesser, Chicago, IL;
With Pace Wildenstein, New York, NY, by 2001;
Purchased from PaceWildenstein by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 2001.
Published References

Renate Petzinger, Susanna Singer, “Catalogue Raisonné of the paintings, 1982 – 1998” Robert Mangold (Wiesbaden: Museum Wiesbaden, 1998), 177, (repro.).
Richard Shiff, Robert Storr, et al., Robert Mangold (London: Phaidon Press Limited, 2000), 238, (repro.).

Deborah Emont Scott, ed. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: A Handbook of the Collection (Kansas City:

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 2008), 232, (repro.).

Jan Schall and Robert Storr, Sparks! The William T. Kemper Collecting Initiative (Kansas City:

Trustees of the Nelson Gallery Foundation, 2008), 100, 101, (repro.).