About This Artwork

Sylvia Plimack Mangold
American, born 1938

In Memory of My Father, 1976

Acrylic on canvas
76.5 x 183 cm (30 x 72 in.)

Through prior gift of Adeline Yates, 2009.52

© Sylvia Plimack Mangold.

In the late 1960s, Sylvia Plimack Mangold began using her immediate surroundings as a source for imagery, painting detailed observations of interior spaces, including the wood and tile floors of her studio and home. Mangold’s rulers typically provide the measurements of the physical canvas or, at times, the artist’s age. She explained, “A painted ruler would measure things, the painted tiles would measure space and the painted tape was the remnant of what I require to make a straight edge.” The measuring stick in In Memory of My Father serves as a prop to anchor the viewer’s perception in terms of space and scale, but it also acts as a poignant and intimate marker of time and memory, stopping on the right edge of the canvas at 66 3/4 inches, which corresponds to the age of the artist’s father upon his death.

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