Sylvia Plimack Mangold's The Inversion is full of polarities: images compete with a void, geometry conflicts with nature, traditional landscape painting faces off against abstraction. The artist began The Inversion as a larger work, and it forms a narrative about the painting process: "The landscape originally stretched horizontally from left to right, side to side," she wrote. "I cropped it because it didn't work—the negation of some areas becomes a positive element in the support of the total picture." In other words, the void at the right is a kind of negative "inversion" of the positive landscape.
- Artist: Sylvia Plimack Mangold, American, born 1938
- Medium: Oil on linen
- Dates: 1984
- Dimensions: 60 x 100 in. (152.4 x 254 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Top right of center: "S. P. M. 1984"
- Collections:Contemporary Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 86.200
- Credit Line: Gift of Henry, Cheryl, Daniel, Michael, and Willie Welt in memory of Abraham Joseph Welt
- Rights Statement: © Sylvia Plimack Mangold
- Caption: Sylvia Plimack Mangold (American, born 1938). The Inversion, 1984. Oil on linen, 60 x 100 in. (152.4 x 254 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Henry, Cheryl, Daniel, Michael, and Willie Welt in memory of Abraham Joseph Welt, 86.200. © Sylvia Plimack Mangold
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)