Sylvia Plimack Mangold was born in New York City in 1938 and studied at the Cooper Union and Yale University. 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. In 2012, she was included in the exhibition “Lifelike” at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and had a solo exhibition at Alexander and Bonin, New York. Plimack Mangold’s solo exhibition "Landscape and Trees" is on view at the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach through March 3, 2013. This is the first museum exhibition to focus on Plimack Mangold’s paintings of individual trees, all of which are painted from direct observation, and includes work from 1977 to the present.
Many of Plimack Mangold’s most significant paintings are included in permanent museum collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Brooklyn Museum, NY; 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.