Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Dates: November 6th – 29th, 2014

 

New York City's Elga Wimmer PCC Art Gallery presents Rob Mango, A Retrospective, November 6th – 29th

 

In Mango's allegorical paintings, the artist is a shape-shifter who encounters the city’s terrors, alluring seductions, and startling epiphanies, but he himself is never fully knowable.

 

Burial at Sea, 2004, oil on canvas, 60in x 72in  

 

Chelsea, New York City, October 23, 2014 (McKenzieNewsService.com) - The Elga Wimmer PCC Art Gallery in New York City (526 West 26 St, #310) presents Rob Mango, A Retrospective, November 6th – 29th. It spans almost four decades, showcasing a selection of flat and sculpted paintings, a constructions, and drawings.  Mango’s uniquely contemporary Baroque sensibility of vibrant colors, richly textured surfaces, elaborate construction, sweeping movement, figurative distortions with a dash of Surrealism, courses through depictions of the figure from representational to abstraction.  A nuanced aesthetic pleasure tempts the viewer while a narrative mix of art references and personal life engages in a determined conversation.

 

For the artist Rob Mango, the city is a dream theater, the setting for an epic drama played out across space and time. The city is New York, with its familiar landmarks, but a fantastic Gotham populated by fierce and beautiful figures, imposing enough to rival the towers around them. These personages, from many epochs and cultures, seem to have emerged from an elevated realm where gods, warriors, and a panoply of mythic characters coexist.

 

In Mango’s series Rhapsody, these figures each represent the artist in the changing symbolic guises of hero, fool, and magus. In his allegorical paintings, the artist is a shape-shifter who encounters the city’s terrors, alluring seductions, and startling epiphanies, but he himself is never fully knowable. At stake is the artist’s power to make his mark in the face the forces that would render him powerless, and then to rise again in a new form.

 

Coinciding with the exhibition is the launch of Mango’s monograph 100 Paintings: An Artist’s Life in New York City with a forward by critic and writer, Robert Mahoney. Mahoney, who has written extensively on Mango since the mid-80’s, comments - It remains fascinating to see how, over the course of his career, Rob Mango transposes themes, to concentrate on this or that aspect of his whole creative life to rise to a new height of creativity as he tumbles through time.

 

Book launch and signing with an interview of Mango by Robert Curcio on Thursday, November 20; 6-8pm at the gallery.   In his monograph, Mango retells encounters with Robert DeNiro, Bob Dylan, Ted Kennedy, Martin Scorsese, Andy Warhol, Larry Rivers and Wall Street titans, his early hopes of Olympic gold, the birth of TriBeCa, opening and running Neo Persona Gallery in the 80’s, the tragedy of 9/11 as it happened in front of him, and a tranquil beautiful residency in Tuscany. 

 

Mango’s numerous solo exhibitions include the Duane Street Gallery, Dillon Gallery and Neo Persona Gallery in New York; Galerie L’Orangeraie, France; Radost Gallery, Czech Republic; N.A.M.E. gallery and Walter Kelly Gallery in Chicago, and the Krannert Art Museum University of Illinois.  He is included in well over 100 corporate, private and public collections.

 

Reception: Thursday, November 6th; 6pm to 8pm
Monograph Launch & Interview: Thursday, November 20th; 6pm to 8pm                                                  
Open: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am to 6pm. Closed on Thanksgiving Day.

 

Photo Gallery: www.ktcassoc.com/KTCassoc_Site_Muse/06artists_ART_pdfs/ktc_RobMango.pdf 

 

For additional information, contact Katharine T. Carter & Associates at 212.533.9530, ktc@ktcassoc.comwww.ktcassoc.com

 


Krishna Passing the Wheel of Fortune, 1993Teetering, 1997

 

Self Portrait with Swans, 1992-93, oil on canvas and velvet, 65in x 88in x 9in

 

Teetering II 1997 48 x 84 inches, Oil on canvas  

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Robert Curcio, Exhibition Manager/Curator 

Email: 646.220.2557

Phone: curcioprojects@gmail.com

 

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New York City's Elga Wimmer PCC Art Gallery presents Rob Mango, A Retrospective, November 6th – 29th

The Elga Wimmer PCC Art Gallery in New York City (526 West 26 St, #310) presents Rob Mango, A Retrospective, November 6th – 29th. It spans almost four decades, showcasing a selection of flat and sculpted paintings, a constructions, and drawings.  Mango’s uniquely contemporary Baroque sensibility of vibrant colors, richly textured surfaces, elaborate construction, sweeping movement, figurative distortions with a dash of Surrealism, courses through depictions of the figure from representational to abstraction.  A nuanced aesthetic pleasure tempts the viewer while a narrative mix of art references and personal life engages in a determined conversation. In Mango's allegorical paintings, the artist is a shape-shifter who encounters the city’s terrors, alluring seductions, and startling epiphanies, but he himself is never fully knowable. Reception: Thursday, November 6th; 6pm to 8pm. Monograph Launch & Interview: Thursday, November 20th; 6pm to 8pm. Open: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am to 6pm. Closed on Thanksgiving Day.  For additional information, contact Katharine T. Carter & Associates at 212.533.9530, ktc@ktcassoc.comwww.ktcassoc.com. Photo Gallery: www.ktcassoc.com/KTCassoc_Site_Muse/06artists_ART_pdfs/ktc_RobMango.pdf