Texts by Ann Finholt
Published by Alexander and Bonin
For nearly 30 years, contemporary artist Sylvia Plimack Mangold has investigated the natural setting surrounding her home in the Hudson Valley region of New York. Although she painted the first landscape of her professional career in 1977, the imagery of trees that has absorbed her for the past several decades emerged definitively in the mid-1980s. The shift in subject matter marked a turning point in Plimack Mangold’s work and closely coincided with her discovery of the oeuvre of artist Lovis Corinth (1858-1925). Corinth was a critical influence and inspiration and she turned her attention to individual trees, and in Natural Sympathies, prints, drawings, and watercolors by Plimack Mangold executed during the past twenty-five years and prints and drawing by Corinth from her collection illuminate the evolution of Plimack Mangold’s landscape investigations and artistic working process in the context of her personal encounter with Corinth.