Joel Shapiro

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Joel Shapiro, Untitled, bronze, 1990, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Joel Shapiro (born September 27, 1941[1] New York City, New York) is an American sculptor renowned for his dynamic work composed of simple rectangular shapes. Shapiro is represented by The Pace Gallery in New York and Galerie Daniel Templon in Paris. He lives and works in New York City, with a summer house on the shore of Lake Champlain, in Westport, New York. He is married to the artist Ellen Phelan.

Early Life and Education[edit]

Joel Shapiro grew up in Sunnyside, Queens, New York.[2] When he was twenty two he lived in India for two years while in the Peace Corps.[2] He received a B.A. in 1964 and an M.A. in 1969 from New York University

Work and Inspiration[edit]

While serving his Peace Corp time in India, Shapiro saw many Indian art works, and has said that “India gave me the sense of … the possibility of being an artist.” In India “Art was pervasive and integral to the society”, and he has said that "the struggle in my work to find a structure that reflects real psychological states may well use Indian sculpture as a model." [2] His early work is characterized by some by its small size, but Shapiro has discounted this perception, describing his early works as, “all about scale and the small size was an aspect of their scale”. He described scale as “A very active thing that’s changing and altering as time unfolds, consciously or unconsciously,” and, "a relationship of size and an experience. You can have something small that has big scale.” In these works he said that he was trying "to describe an emotional state, my own longing or desire”. He also said that during this early period in his career he was interested in the strategies of artists Robert Morris, Richard Serra, Carl Andre, and Donald Judd.[2] His later works can have the appearance of flying, falling, being impossibly suspended in space, and/or defying gravity. He has said about this shift in his work that he "wanted to make work that stood on its own, and wasn’t limited by architecture and by the ground and the wall and right angles.” [2]

Works in collections[edit]

United States[edit]

California[edit]

  • Untitled, 1978, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla
  • Untitled, 1974, Gersh, Philip & Beatrice, Los Angeles
  • Untitled, 1988, Gersh, Philip & Beatrice, Los Angeles
  • Untitled, 1981, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  • Untitled, 1979, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  • Untitled, 1982, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  • Untitled 1975, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  • Untitled, 1988, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco

District of Columbia[edit]

  • Untitled, 1989, National Gallery of Art, Washington
  • Untitled, 1974, National Gallery of Art, Washington
  • Untitled, 1975, National Gallery of Art, Washington
  • Untitled, 1975, National Gallery of Art, Washington
  • Untitled, 1983, National Gallery of Art, Washington
  • Untitled, 1986, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington
  • Loss and Regeneration, 1993, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington

Florida[edit]

  • Untitled, 1996, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton
  • Untitled, 1988, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton
  • Up/Over, 2007, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach

Illinois[edit]

  • Untitled, 1984, Elliott, Gerald S., Chicago
  • Untitled (Arching Figure), 1985, Elliott, Gerald S., Chicago
  • Untitled (for G.S.E.), 1987, Elliott, Gerald S., Chicago
  • Untitled, 1981, Governors State University, University Park

Indiana[edit]

  • Untitled, 1984, Ball State Museum of Art, Indiana

Iowa[edit]

  • Untitled, 2003, Principal Riverwalk, Des Moines

Maine[edit]

  • Untitled, 1984, Colby College, Museum of Art, Waterville

Maryland[edit]

  • Untitled, 1985, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore
  • Untitled, 1970, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore

Massachusetts[edit]

  • Untitled, 1990, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge

Michigan[edit]

  • Untitled, 1975, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit
  • Untitled, 1985, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit

Minnesota[edit]

  • Untitled, 1975, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Missouri[edit]

  • Untitled, 1984, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis
  • Untitled, 1991, Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City

Nebraska[edit]

  • Untitled, 1984, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Garden,

New York[edit]

  • Seven Elements, 2001–2003, Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany
  • Untitled, 1988, Museum of Modern Art, NYC
  • Untitled, 1988, Museum of Modern Art, NYC
  • Untitled (house on shelf), 1974, Museum of Modern Art, NYC
  • Untitled, 1994, Sony Plaza, NYC
  • Untitled (House on Field), 1976, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC
  • Untitled, 1978, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC
  • Untitled, 1981, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC
  • Untitled, 2000, Rockefeller University, New York
  • Untitled, 2004–2005, Albany Academy for Girls, Albany, NY

North Carolina[edit]

  • Untitled, 1990, North Carolina Museum of Art
  • Untitled, 1995, Davidson College, Van Every/ Smith Galleries

Ohio[edit]

  • Untitled, University of Cincinnati Galleries, Ohio
  • Untitled, 1977, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Untitled, 1989, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

Pennsylvania[edit]

  • Untitled maquette, 1984, CIGNA Museum and Art Collection, Philadelphia
  • Untitled, 1984, CIGNA Museum and Art Collection, Philadelphia

Texas[edit]

  • Untitled, 1975, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas
  • Untitled, 1983, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas
  • Untitled, 1977, Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth
  • Untitled, 1977, Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth
  • Untitled, 1990, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Untitled, 2000, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio

Washington[edit]

  • Untitled, 1980–81, Restricted Owner, Seattle, Washington

Wisconsin[edit]

  • Untitled, 1987, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

International collections[edit]

Australia[edit]

  • Untitled (chair), 1974, Australian National Gallery, Canberra

Canada[edit]

  • Conjunction, 1999, Embassy of the United States of America, Ottawa

Denmark[edit]

  • Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek

Germany[edit]

  • Untitled, 1999, Köln Skulpture Park, Cologne

Israel[edit]

  • Untitled, 1991, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
  • Untitled, 1996, Billy Rose Art Garden, Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Netherlands[edit]

Sweden[edit]

  • Untitled, 1979, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
  • Untitled, 1982, Moderna Museet, Stockholm

United Kingdom[edit]

  • Untitled, 1978, Tate Gallery, London
  • Untitled, 1984, Tate Gallery, London

Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bui, Phong (November 2007). "Joel Shapiro with Phong Bui". The Brooklyn Rail. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Klein, Michele Gerber http://bombsite.com/issues/109/articles/3332 BOMB Magazine Fall 2009, Retrieved July 25, 2011

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