Joel Shapiro "Works: 1969 - 1979"

Paula Cooper Gallery "521 W 21 St."

poster for Joel Shapiro "Works: 1969 - 1979"

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Joel Shapiro began working in the late 1960s at a time when traditional notions of sculpture were being radically redefined by Minimalism and Conceptual Art. Shapiro’s first one-person shows, at the Paula Cooper Gallery in 1970 and 1972 and at the Clocktower in 1972, included small, simplified wood or bronze sculptures of everyday objects such as shelves, ladders, houses, chairs and coffins. Despite their intimate scale, they have a powerful presence and challenge expectations of a sculpture’s size in relation to the human body. With their familiar references and untroubled embrace of metaphorical content, Shapiro’s sculptures reintroduced the human figure and movement in a fiercely anti-referential sculptural field. Shapiro has called these works “a physical manifestation of thought in material and form.”



from January 08, 2010 to February 13, 2010


Joel Shapiro

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