New York, b.1941

Joel Shapiro

Born in New York City in 1941, Joel Shapiro has explored the possibilities of sculptural form throughout his fortyfive-year career. He has executed more than thirty commissions and publicly sited sculptures in major Asian, European and North American cities and has been the subject of more than 160 solo exhibitions and retrospectives internationally including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1982; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 1985; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (jointly with the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City), 1995-96; and the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2001.

Shapiro’s work can be found in numerous public collections in the United States and abroad, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art,...

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Biography

Born in New York City in 1941, Joel Shapiro has explored the possibilities of sculptural form throughout his fortyfive-year career. He has executed more than thirty commissions and publicly sited sculptures in major Asian, European and North American cities and has been the subject of more than 160 solo exhibitions and retrospectives internationally including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1982; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 1985; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (jointly with the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City), 1995-96; and the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2001.

Shapiro’s work can be found in numerous public collections in the United States and abroad, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Tate Gallery, London; IVAM Centre Julio González, Valencia; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

Shapiro was elected to the Swedish Royal Academy of Art in 1994 and the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1998. The French Minister of Culture awarded Shapiro the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2005, and in 2013 he was honored with the National Art Award for Outstanding Achievement by Americans for the Arts. In April 2015 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in Contemporary Sculpture by the International Sculpture Center.

Artworks

Untitled, 2014

Related Categories

20th Century Art / 21st Century Art / American Art / Art of the 2010s / Artists of All Time / Bronze / Contemporary American Art / Face/Body (Human Figures) / Figurative Sculpture / Large Scale Installation/Sculpture / Less is More / New York / Outdoor Art / Public Art Project / Sculpture / United States

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 1969

    New York University, New York, M.A.

  • 1964

    New York University, New York, B.A.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    “Joel Shapiro,” Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, March 24–April 28, 2018.

  • “Joel Shapiro: Plaster, Paper, Wood, and Wire,” Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, March 2–June 10, 2018. (Catalogue)

  • 2017

    “Joel Shapiro,” Pace London, 6 Burlington Gardens, May 19–June 17, 2017.

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Levity/Density, Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY

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Curriculum Vitae

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Education

  • 1969

    New York University, New York, M.A.

  • 1964

    New York University, New York, B.A.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    “Joel Shapiro,” Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, March 24–April 28, 2018.

  • “Joel Shapiro: Plaster, Paper, Wood, and Wire,” Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, March 2–June 10, 2018. (Catalogue)

  • 2017

    “Joel Shapiro,” Pace London, 6 Burlington Gardens, May 19–June 17, 2017.

  • “Joel Shapiro: Floor Wall Ceiling,” Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland, January 11–April 17, 2017. (Catalogue)

  • 2016

    “Joel Shapiro,” Dominique Lévy, New York, October 28, 2016–January 7, 2017. (Catalogue)

  • “Joel Shapiro,” Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, May 7–August 21, 2016. (Catalogue)

  • 2015

    “Joel Shapiro: Wood Plaster Bronze,” Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

  • 2014

    “Joel Shapiro: Painted Wood,” Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

  • “Joel Shapiro: Iron and Bronze 1973–76,” Craig F. Starr Gallery, New York, NY

  • “Joel Shapiro,” Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR

  • “Joel Shapiro,” Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

  • “Joel Shapiro: Works on Paper 2011–2013,” Pace Gallery, 508 West 25th Street, New York, NY

  • “Joel Shapiro: Wood Plaster Paint,” Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

  • “Joel Shapiro: Prints 1975–2011,” Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Ferndale, MI

  • “Joel Shapiro, Paula Cooper Gallery,” New York, NY

  • “Joel Shapiro,” Musée de l'Art Moderne Saint-Etienne Métropole, Saint-Étienne, France

  • 2013

    “Joel Shapiro,” L.A. Louver, Venice, CA

  • “Joel Shapiro: Sculpture and Drawings 1969–1972,” Craig F. Starr Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2012

    “Joel Shapiro: Up Down Around,” Gemini G.E.L at Joni Moisant Weyl, New York, NY

  • “Joel Shapiro: untitled (end of summer),” Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

  • “Joel Shapiro: Sculpture and Drawings,” John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • “Joel Shapiro: New Sculptures and Drawings,” Texas Gallery, Houston, TX

  • “Joel Shapiro: Untitled,” Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, TX

  • 2011

    “Joel Shapiro,” Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland

  • “Joel Shapiro: Five Recent Sculptures,” L.A. Louver, Venice, CA

  • “Joel Shapiro,” L.A. Louver, Venice, CA

  • “Joel Shapiro,” Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany

  • 2010

    “Joel Shapiro: Works 1969–1979,” Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY

  • “Joel Shapiro: New Work,” The Pace Gallery, 534 West 25th Street, New York, NY

  • “Joel Shapiro: Skulptur,” Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

  • 2009

    “Joel Shapiro: Sculpture,” Galerie Karsten Greve, St. Moritz, Switzerland

  • “Boat, Bird, Mother and Child: Joel Shapiro at Gemini,” Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl, New York, NY

  • “Joel Shapiro: Works on Paper,” Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

  • “Joel Shapiro, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA

  • 2008

    “Joel Shapiro: Sculptures and Works on Paper,” Texas Gallery, Houston, TX

  • “Joel Shapiro: Wood/Painted Wood,” The Van Every/Smith Galleries, Davidson College, Davidson, NC

  • Seoul, Gana Art Gallery; Korea, Gana Art Busan, “Joel Shapiro”

  • “Joel Shapiro: Sculpture from the 80’s,” Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2007

    “Joel Shapiro: New Sculpture,” PaceWildenstein, 545 West 22nd Street, New York, NY

  • 2006

    “Joel Shapiro: Skulpturen,” Galerie Jamileh Weber, Zurich, Switzerland

  • “Joel Shapiro,” L.A. Louver, Venice, CA

  • 2005

    “Joel Shapiro: Sculpture and Drawings,” Russell Bowman Art Advisory, Chicago, IL

  • “Joel Shapiro: Sculpture and Drawings,” John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • “Correspondances: Joel Shapiro/Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux,” Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France

  • “Joel Shapiro: Work in Wood, Plaster, and Bronze 2001–2005,” PaceWildenstein, New York, NY

  • “Joel Shapiro: Drawings and Sculpture,” Cooke Fine Art, New York, NY

  • 2004

    “Art Now: Sculptures of Joel Shapiro,” Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT

  • “Joel Shapiro: Small Scale Sculpture,” Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

  • “Joel Shapiro: Recent Sculpture, LA Louver, Venice, CA

  • 2003

    “Joel Shapiro: Off the Wall: 1976–2003,” Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Ferndale, MI

  • “Joel Shapiro: Recent Sculpture,” PaceWildenstein, 534 West 25th Street, New York, NY

  • “Joel Shapiro,” Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

  • 2001

    “Joel Shapiro on the Roof,” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gerald B. Cantor Rooftop Galleries, New York, NY

  • “Joel Shapiro: Recent Sculpture and Drawings,” PaceWildenstein, New York, NY

  • “Joel Shapiro,” Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

  • 2000

    “Joel Shapiro: Painted Wood,” Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, United Kingdom

  • “Joel Shapiro: Sculpture,” Middleton Place, Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, SC; McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX and Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

  • “Joel Shapiro: Sculpture and Works on Paper,” John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Levity/Density, Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY

Collections

  • The Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC

  • The Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA

  • Albany Institute of History and Art, NY

  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

  • Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

  • The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

  • Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX

  • Ball State University Museum of Art, Muncie, IN

  • The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

  • BILBAO Ría 2000, Lasesarre Park, Barakaldo, Spain