Joel Shapiro Catalog
The work of New York-based artist Joel Shapiro (born 1941) is familiar to many. The spare, geometric constructions of rectangular forms suggestive of bodies in dynamic poses—in motion, precariously poised, or stretched to their limits—have been featured in museum exhibitions and collections around the world. This publication documents the presentation of a new direction in Shapiro’s work: a single, site-specific installation conceived for the space of the Renzo Piano-designed galleries of the Nasher. The exhibition and publication place this unique installation in the context of Shapiro’s career with loans and works from the Nasher Collection spanning five decades. The exhibition also included recent ink and gouache works on paper that are particularly abstract and atmospheric. At turns mysterious and moody or whimsical and playful, the works on paper provide a poignant counterpoint to the angular geometric works audiences are familiar with and underlines the psychological impact of the site-specific installation. Lavishly illustrated with an essay by Nasher Chief Curator Jed Morse,
Joel Shapiro provides new insights into the work of this seminal artist.
Editor: Jed Morse; Author: Jed Morse; Foreword by Jeremy Stric
© 2016 Nasher Sculpture Center
10 3/8 x 8 5/8 x 5/8 in.
56 color plates; 23 color and 3 b/w illustrations
Cover: Textured paper over board hard cover with deboss and 3-color silkscreen