Craig F. Starr Gallery

Joel Shapiro: Sculpture and Drawings 1969-1972

Joel Shapiro: Sculpture and Drawings 1969-1972

untitled by joel shapiro

Joel Shapiro

Untitled, 1971

Friday, February 1, 2013Saturday, March 23, 2013


New York, NY USA

Between 1968 and 1973, Joel Shapiro was interested in creating art that explored the passage of time and the accumulation of marks and materials. In his drawings, he investigated these ideas through the repeated gesture of mark-making with fingerprints on paper, and in sculpture, by amassing conical and spherical shapes which he hand formed in clay and porcelain. This exhibition will focus on these sculptures and fingerprint works as it considers the ways in which the materials facilitate Shapiro’s various conceptual inquiries. The works exhibited will come primarily from private collections across the country. About seven sculptures and 13 drawings will be on view, including the large scale Untitled (1969) from The Museum of Modern Art. A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the show with an essay by art historian Richard Shiff, Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Art at The University of Texas at Austin.