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Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
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Artist: Robert Mangold, American, born 1937, B.F.A. 1961, M.F.A. 1963
Publisher: Brooklyn Academy of Music

Two Ellipses Divided

1988

Etching printed from 2 plates

Platemark 1(irreg.): 41.9 x 29.4 cm (16 1/2 x 11 9/16 in.); Platemark 2 (irreg): 41.9 x 33.4 cm (16 1/2 x 13 1/8 in.); Sheet: 56.6 x 76 cm (22 5/16 x 29 15/16 in.); Image: 41.4 x 61.6 cm (16 5/16 x 24 1/4 in.)
Gift of Joann and Gifford Phillips, Class of 1942
2008.115.19

From the exhibition Many Things Placed Here and There: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery:

Robert Mangold began to form his own refined style during the 1960s, drawing the outlines of geometric shapes onto subdued, monochromatic grounds. Two Ellipses Divided exemplifies Mangold’s ability to render fundamental geometry engaging, challenging, and dynamic. In the work, Mangold hinges two polygons with a shared upper vertex and tightly situates two ellipses within those polygons. Due to the pressure of the printing press, the polygons appear to be impressed into the surface of the paper, an effect that challenges the two-dimensionality of the shapes. The etched curves of the ellipses run tangent to the im­pressed edges of the polygons, creating a tension that is calmed by the subtle green and white backgrounds.

Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Prints
Status: 
By appointment
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