Joel Shapiro  (American, 1941) 

Sculptor Joel Shapiro (American, b.1941) creates compelling wooden sculptures of human forms, embracing an aesthetic that lies between figuration and abstraction. Born in New York, Shapiro originally intended to be a physician and studied science as an undergraduate at New York University. After serving in the Peace Corps in India for two years, he decided to pursue a career as an artist; upon his return, he took further classes at New York University while working on his art. Shapiro references traces of human activity in his first sculptures through including small-scale works of furniture and homes. His more recent work depicts abstracted, large-scale geometric shapes suggestive of human forms in bronze, wood, and other materials. Shapiro’s work has often been associated with Post-Minimalist art. He has received several awards for his work, including the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He receives frequent commissions to create public sculptures, including works at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, among many others. Shapiro currently lives and works in New York.

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Joel Shapiro, Untitled


Joel Shapiro

Craig F. Starr Gallery
Joel Shapiro, Untitled (Installation View)


Joel Shapiro
Untitled (Installation View)

Paula Cooper Gallery
Joel Shapiro, Untitled


Joel Shapiro
Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris
Joel Shapiro, Untitled


Joel Shapiro

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris
Joel Shapiro, Untitled (for Eduardo Chillida)


Joel Shapiro
Untitled (for Eduardo Chillida)

Galerie Forsblom
Joel Shapiro, Untitled


Joel Shapiro

John Berggruen Gallery
Joel Shapiro, Untitled


Joel Shapiro

John Berggruen Gallery
Joel Shapiro, Untitled


Joel Shapiro

Russell Bowman Art Advisory
Joel Shapiro, Untitled


Joel Shapiro

Craig F. Starr Gallery
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Joel Shapiro, Untitled/ Untitled (set of 2)


Joel Shapiro
Untitled/ Untitled (set of 2), 1980


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Joel Shapiro
Untitled, 1981


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Joel Shapiro, Senza titolo


Joel Shapiro
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1941   Born in New York, NY
1964   B.A., New York University, NY
1965 - 1967   Peace Corps in India
1969   M.A., New York University, NY
2012   Joel Shapiro: Sculpture and Drawings, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2012   Galerie Daniel Tempolon, Paris (solo)
2011   Museum Ludwig Cologne (solo)
2010   Skulptur, Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2009   Sculpture, Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland (solo)
2005   Remitden, Albany Institute of Htance works for public spaces, Des Moines, IA, USA
2005   Correspondances (with Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux), Musée D'Orsay, Paris, France
2003   PaceWildenstein, New York, NY
2003   Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainsville, FL
2001   Sculpture, Middleton Place, Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, South Carolina. Travelled to: McNay Art Museum, San Antonio; Denver Art Museum, (cat.)
2001   Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
2001   Recent Sculpture and Drawings, PaceWildenstein, New York, NY (cat.)
2001   Joel Shapiro on the Roof, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
2000   National Gallery of Canada, OttawaCanada. Exhibition held simultaneously with the installation of Conjunction, a commission by Friends of Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE) for the Embassy of the United States, Ottawa, Canada
2000   Sculpture and Works on Paper, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2000   Painted Wood, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK
1999   Recent Sculpture, PaceWildenstein, Los Angeles, CA
1999   Roma, American Academy in Rome, Italy (cat.)
1999   Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
1999   Sculpture, New Art Centre Sculpture Park & Gallery, Roche Court, East Winterslow, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK (cat.)
1999   Sculptures 1974-1999, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, Yorkshire, UK
1998   Sculpture in Clay, Plaster, Wood, Iron and Bronze,1971- 1997’, Addison Gallery, Andover, Massachusetts, MA (cat.)
1998   Skulpturen 1993-1997, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Travelled to: Barlach HALLE K, Hamburg, Germany
1998   New Wood & Bronze Sculpture, PaceWildenstein, New York, NY(cat.)
1997   Galerie Jamileh Weber, Zurich, Switzerland
1997   Drawings, Galerie Biedermann Munich, Germany
1996   New Etchings and Painted Wood Sculptures, Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan, MI
  Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan
  The Douglas S. Cramer Foundation, Los Angeles, California
  British Museum, London, England
  Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
  The Chase Manhattan Collection, New York, New York
  The Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts
  National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
  Museum of Modern Art, Friuli, Italy
  Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
  The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York
  Lannan Foundation, Los Angeles, California
  Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
  Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art, Chiba, Japan
  IVAM Centre Julio González, Valencia, Spain
  High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
  The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
  Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York
  Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina
  Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
  Tate Gallery, London, England
  Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  Rockefeller University, New York, New York
  The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York
  The Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey
2003    Smith, Roberta. ‘Video, in Its Infancy, Had to Crawl Before It Could Walk,’ review of the P.S. 1 exhibition ‘Video Acts.’ New York Times, January 24, p. E39
2002    ‘‘American beauty’ Annely Juda Fine Art,’ review. Art Newspaper, May Ben-Haim, Tsipi.
2002    ‘New York: Joel Shapiro Metropolitan Museum of Art,’ review. Sculpture, January/February, p. 68, Ill.
2002    Anderson, Maxwell L. ‘American Visionaries Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art’. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, Ill. p. 276.
2002    Barbara Gladstone Gallery. ‘American Standard’. New York: Barbara Gladstone Gallery, ill., pp 29, 30.
2002    Franks, Pamela. ‘The Tiger¹s Eye: The Art of a Magazine’. New Haven and London: Yale University Press
2000    The McNay Art Museum. ‘Joel Shapiro: Sculpture’. . Essay by Martin Friedman. Charleston, S.C.: Spoleto Festival USA and San Antonio, Texas: The McNay Art Museum
2000    Yorkshire Sculpture Park. ‘Joel Shapiro’. Essay by James Hall. Yorkshire: Yorkshire Sculpture Park
1999    The American Academy in Rome. ‘Joel Shapiro: Roma’. Essays by Peter Boswell, Klaus Kertess, Donald Kuspit, with interview with Ester Coen. Rome: The American Academy in Rome
1998    Addison Gallery of American Art. ‘Joel Shapiro: Sculpture in Clay, Plaster, Wood, Iron, and Bronze’. Interview by Jock Reynolds, text by Joel Shapiro. Andover, MA: Addison Gallery of American Art.