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b. 1941, USA

Joel Shapiro Biography

Joel Shapiro, closely associated with the American Minimalist movement of the late 60s, took part in his first exhibition, Anti-Illusion: Procedure Material, at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1969. Shapiro subsequently shifted away from his Minimalist peers, toward a renewed emphasis on craft and smaller-scale sculpture. In those early years, he worked with simple imagery, making cast-iron and bronze representations of miniature bridges, chairs and houses. Then, in the late 70s, he turned to figuration to produce sculptures that physically implicated the viewer in the room. In the 80s, he created groups of stick figures. Slowly enlarged to human scale and imparted with dynamic postures, they were suggestive in their anatomies and movements, rather than descriptive. His recent work is committed to the expressive possibility of structural compositions that he suspends from ceilings, or anchors to the wall. His bright painted geometric sculptures combine simple rectangular wooden shapes that suggest bodies in motion. On the edge of representation and abstraction, Shapiro's articulated arrangements explore such issues as balance and gravity infused with a significant visual and emotional impact.

Joel Shapiro Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Joel Shapiro contemporary artwork
Joel ShapiroUntitled, 2015Bronze
48.3 x 40.6 x 20.3 cm
Lévy Gorvy Contact Gallery
untitled by Joel Shapiro contemporary artwork
Joel Shapirountitled, 2017–2019Painted bronze
182.9 x 155.6 x 69.9 cm
Pace Gallery
untitled by Joel Shapiro contemporary artwork
Joel Shapirountitled, 2016Bronze
145.4 x 133.4 x 70.5 cm
Pace Gallery
untitled by Joel Shapiro contemporary artwork
Joel Shapirountitled, 2014Bronze
171.5 x 87.6 x 42.9 cm
Pace Gallery
Untitled by Joel Shapiro contemporary artwork
Joel ShapiroUntitled, 2014Wood and casein
74.3 x 22.86 x 34.29 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
Untitled by Joel Shapiro contemporary artwork
Joel ShapiroUntitled, 2013Cast iron, 2 parts
20 x 21 x 27.3 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
Untitled by Joel Shapiro contemporary artwork
Joel ShapiroUntitled, 2003Wood, wire, paint
138.4 x 59.7 x 35.6 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
Untitled by Joel Shapiro contemporary artwork
Joel ShapiroUntitled, 2014Wood and casein
61.9 x 20.3 x 31 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery

Joel Shapiro Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Chewing Gum III at Pace Gallery, Hong Kong
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25 May–4 July 2019 Group Exhibition Chewing Gum III Pace GalleryHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition , Construction / Destruction at Almine Rech, Rue de Turenne, Paris
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29 April–6 June 2015 Group exhibition Construction / Destruction Almine RechRue de Turenne, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Joel Shapiro, Painted Wood at Almine Rech, Brussels
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9 October–12 November 2014 Joel Shapiro Painted Wood Almine RechBrussels

Joel Shapiro Represented By

Almine Rech contemporary art gallery in Brussels, Belgium Almine Rech Aspen, Paris, Brussels, London, New York, Shanghai
Lévy Gorvy contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Lévy Gorvy New York, Palm Beach, London, Hong Kong, Paris
Pace Gallery contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Pace Gallery Seoul, New York, London, Geneva, Palo Alto, Hong Kong, Beijing
Templon contemporary art gallery in 30 rue Beaubourg, Paris, France Templon Paris, Brussels

Joel Shapiro In Related Press

Expo Chicago 2016 announces roster for special projects sectors Related Press Expo Chicago 2016 announces roster for special projects sectors 26 August 2016, ARTNews

Expo Chicago, that city’s annual contemporary art fair, announced the list of participants for its 2016 editions of In/Situ, In/Situ Outside, and Expo Projects. These sectors of the fair feature large-scale installations, and will be placed both at the fair and around Chicago. Expo Chicago opens September 22.

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The seriousness of a child at play: Kenneth Baker on Joel Shapiro at the Nasher Sculpture Center Related Press The seriousness of a child at play: Kenneth Baker on Joel Shapiro at the Nasher Sculpture Center 4 July 2016, The Art Newspaper

Anyone who saw early presentations of Joel Shapiro's sculpture in New York will remember a small untitled floor piece from 1973: a foot-long wood mannikin pulled limb from limb, its wire spring ligaments exposed. The bad boy gesture of this anomalous piece—its dismissal of sculpture's future as a representational art, its...

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