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Sylvia Plimack Mangold, American artist. Achievements include work reviewed in newspapers and magazines.


Plimack Mangold was born Sylvia Plimack in New York City, the daughter of Ethel, an office administrator, and Maurice Plimack, an accountant and businessman. She grew up in Queens, and attended the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan, after high school she was accepted into the program at Cooper Union in 1956.


She continued her studies at Yale University and graduated with a B.F.A. in 1961.


She is known for her representational depictions of interiors and landscapes. After studying at Yale with William Bailey and others, Plimack Mangold worked as a representational painter. Her paintings in the early 1960s were paintings of floors, walls and corners, compositions where mirror images were also introduced, making the space more complex.

In the 1970s she added trompe l'oeil elements such as metal rulers and masking tape along the borders of the images. In the 1980s she introduced the images of the landscape to the canvas affixed by the image of masking tape. Eventually, the landscape image filled the entire canvas and focused on individual trees, their branches cropped so as to create the spaces between the limbs and branches of the trees.

All the landscape paintings are done from observation. Even as the subject matter of Plimack Mangold's paintings has shifted, her work has always been based in perceptual realism, inviting viewers to observe from up close and mirroring her own process of observation. Mangold received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1975.

Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Neuberger Museum of Art at the State University of New York at Purchase, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut, and is represented in the aforementioned museums in Boston, Hartford, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. She is the mother of film director and screenwriter James Mangold, and a musician Andrew Mangold.


  • Achievements include work reviewed in newspapers and magazines.


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    • Exhibited one-person shows Daniel Weinberg Gallery, San Francisco, 1974, 75, Fischbach Gallery, New York City, 1974, 76, Fischbach, 1974, 76, Annemarie Verna Gallery, Zurich, 1978, 91, 97, Droll-Kolbert Gallery, New York City, 1978, 80, Young Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, 1980, Ohio State University, Columbus, 1980, Pennsylvania Academy, 1981, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, 1981, Madison Art Center, (Wisconsin), 1982, Brooke Alexander, Incorporated, 1982, 83, 84, 85, 86, 89, 92, 95, Duke Art Museum, North Carolina, 1982, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, 1982, 85, Texas Gallery, 1986, Fuller Goldeen Gallery, San Francisco, 1987, University Mich, Ann Arbor, 1992, Minnesota Institute Arts, 1992, Grunwald Center for Graphic Arts, University of California at Los Angeles, 1992, Neuberger Museum Art, State University of New York, Purchase, 1993, Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 1993, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, 1994, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, 1994, Blaffer Gallery University Houston, 1994, Museum Fine Arts, Boston, 1994, Herbert F. Johnson Museum, 1998, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1998, Alexander and Bonin, New York, 2000, 2003. Group shows at Young Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, 1979, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 1979, Droll-Kolbert Gallery, 1979, Denver Art Museum, 1979, University Southern California, 1979, Honolulu Academy Art, 1979, Oakland Museum, (California), 1979, University Art Museum of University Texas-Austin, 1979, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1979, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, 1979, National Museum, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1979, International Biennial Ljibljana, Yugoslavia, Phoenix Art Museum, 1979, Art Latitute Gallery, New York City, 1980, Thorpe Intermedia Gallery, Sparkhill, New York, 1980, University Colorado Art Galleries, Boulder, 1980, Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, 1980, United States Pavillion of Venice Biennial, 1980-1981, Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1980, Civici Musei e Gallerie di Storia e Arte, Sala Ajace, Udine, Italy, 1980, Young Hoffman, Chicago, 1980-1981, Delahurty, Dallas, 1980, Museum of Modern Art, 1981, Wesleyan University Art Gallery, 1981, Davison Art Center, Middleton, Connecticut, 1981, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, 1981, Oakland Museum, California, 1981, Institute Contemporary Art of University Pennsylvania, Phila, 1980-1981, Yale University Art Gallery, 1981, San Antonio Museum Art, 1981, Indianapolis Museum Art, 1981, Tucson Museum Art, 1981, Pennsylvania Academy, 1981, Museum Art of Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, 1981, Brooke Alexander, Incorporated, New York York City, 1982, Ben Shahn Center Visual Arts, 1982, Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, New York, 1983, Thomas Segal Gallery, Boston, 1982-1983, Siegel Contemporary Art, New York, 1983, Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading, Pennsylvania, 1983, Fuller Goldeen, San Francisco, 1983, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, 1983-1984, 86, Wilcox Gallery, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, 1984, The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York, 1984, Sardonia Art Gallery, Wilkes College, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 1985, Kent State University Gallery, Ohio, 1985, Brooke Alexander, New York, 1985, John C. Stoller Company, Minnesota, 1985, Knight Gallery, Spirit Square Arts Center, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1986, Museum Art, Rhode Island School Design, Providence, 1986, Yale University Gallery, 1986, City University of New York, 1986-1987, Lorence Monk Gallery, New York City, Vanquard Gallery, Philadelphia, 1986-1987, Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, 1986-1987. Flander's Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, 1987, Annemarie Verna Galerie, Zurich, 1988, University North Carolina, 1988, Rhode Island School Design, 1988, Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York City, 1988, Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, 1988, University North Carolina, Greensboro, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, 1989, Cincinnati Art Museum, New Orleans Museum Art, Denver Art Museum, Pennsylvania Academy Fine Arts, 1989, University Michigan, 1992, Minneapolis Institute Arts, 1992, Grunwald Center Graphic Arts, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Neuberger Museum Art, State University of New York Purchase, 1993, Davison Art Center, 1993, Montgomery Glasoe Fine Art, Minneapolis, 1993, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, 1993, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Santa Monica, California, 1993, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1993, Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York City, 1993, Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, 1993, Kansas City Gallery of Art, University Missouri, 1994, Midtown Payson, New York City, 1994, Katonah Museum of Art, New York, 1994, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, 1994, Feigen Incorporated, Chicago, 1994, Brooke Alexander, New York City, 1994, Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York City, 1995, Aargauer Kunsthaus Aarau, Austria, 1995, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, 1995, Andre Zarre Gallery, New York City, 1996, Aspen Art Museum, Colorado, 1996, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, 1996, Anne Marie Verna Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland, 1997, Queens Museum of Art, 1997, Aspen Art Museum, 1997, University Gallery, Fine Arts Center, University Massachusetts, Amherst James Graham & Sons, New York City, 1997, The Museum of Modern Art, 1997, Seattle Art Museum, 1997, State University New York, 1998, New York City Dowd Fine Arts Gallery, 1998, The American Academy of Fine Arts and Letters, 1998, Karen McCready Fine Art, 1999, Alexander and Bonin, New York City, 1999, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, 2000, Small Work, Nina Freudenheim Incorporated, Buffalo, Whitney Museum, 2006, and numberous others.

      Exhibited in permanent collections, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, Ohio, Brooklyn Museum, Dallas Museum Fine Arts, Detroit Institute Art, Museum Fine Arts, Houston, Indianapolis Museum Art, Madison (Wisconsin) Art Center, Milwaukee Art Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, Museum Modern Art, New York City, Museum Fine Arts, University Utah, Tampa (Florida) Museum, Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis, Whitney Museum American Art, New York, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina, Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, University Michigan, Utah Museum Fine Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, New York City Public Library, Smith College Museum, Northampton, Massachusetts, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, San Francisco, St. Louis Art Museum, The Tampa Museum, Art Institute Chicago, Modern Art Museum Fort Worth Texas, Indianapolis Museum Art, Telfair Museum Art, Savannah Georgia.


Married Robert Mangold.

Maurice Plimack

Ethel (Rein) Plimack

Robert Mangold.