Sylvia Plimack Mangold (b. 1938, New York) graduated from Yale University School of Art (BFA, 1961) after studying at Cooper Union. She lives and works in Washingtonville, New York.
The artist began exhibiting her paintings in the late 1960s, and her work has been the subject of more than thirty solo exhibitions, including three museum surveys each accompanied by a monograph: Madison Art Center (1982), Wesleyan University and University of Michigan (1992), and Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1994). Solitaire, a 2008 exhibition at the Wexner Center for the Arts, included approximately twenty paintings by Plimack Mangold in juxtaposition with bodies of work by Lee Lozano and Joan Semmel. A solo exhibition of her work was shown at Alexander and Bonin, New York in the Spring of 2012.
In 2013, Plimack Mangold had a solo exhibition, Landscape and Trees, at the Norton Museum of Art. This was the first museum exhibition on Plimack Mangold’s paintings of individual trees, all of which are painted from direct observation and included work from 1977 to the present. A solo exhibition of recent paintings based on the same subject opened at Alexander and Bonin in May 2017. In 2022, Plimack Mangold exhibited recent works alongside paintings from the 1970s in three curated exhibitions inspired by Hannah Arendt, Lucy Lippard and painting in New York from 1971-1982.
Many of Plimack Mangold’s paintings are in permanent museum collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Art Institute of Chicago; Dallas Museum of Art; Detroit Institute of Art; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Indianapolis Museum of Art; Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City; Milwaukee Art Museum; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City; Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University; and Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland.