Joel Shapiro

Sculpture and Works on Paper 1969–2019

The first-ever comprehensive monograph on New York-based artist Joel Shapiro, covering his entire career and all artistic media he uses


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Title Information

Edited and with an essay by Richard Shiff

1st edition

, 2019


224 pages, 267 color and 34 b/w illustrations

24 x 30 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-829-4


Born in New York in 1941, Joel Shapiro is one of the most significant artists of his generation. Since the first public showing of his work in 1969 as part of the landmark Anti-Illusion: Procedures/Materials exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, he has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions in galleries and museums around the world.

Shapiro is most renowned for developing in the 1980s and ’90s a distinctive language of dynamic sculpture that blurs the lines between abstraction and figuration. But, he first became known through his earliest shows in New York in the 1970s for introducing common forms in often diminutive size—a chair, a house, a bird, a bridge—in large, formerly industrial gallery settings that altered one’s sense of scale, challenged the then-dominant severity of minimalism, and attempted to propose a more personal, emotionally laden mode of art that could directly engage with the human condition. Since then, he has continued to push the material and conceptual boundaries of sculpture—while also remaining active as an innovative draftsman and printmaker—by working in a number of materials and employing various working methods.

Joel Shapiro: Sculpture and Works on Paper 1969–2019 is the first book in more than twenty years to survey the artist’s entire working career. In an extensive essay, art historian Richard Shiff provides a fresh and incisive examination of Shapiro’s oeuvre and working process, illuminating the factors and forces that allow his work to remain ever in flux and unpredictable, cohesive and yet multifarious. With more than three hundred striking full-color illustrations, this is a long-anticipated and much-needed survey of this vital American artist.


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Authors & Editors

Richard Shiff

  is the Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Art and director of the Center for the Study of Modernism at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Joel Shapiro, Loss and Regeneration, 1993, United States Holocaust Memorial, Museum Collection, Washington, D.C. © 2019 ProLitteris, Zurich; Photo Wojtek Naczas

Installation view, Joel Shapiro: Floor Wall Ceiling, Kunst Museum Winterthur, 2017. © 2019 ProLitteris, Zurich; Image courtesy Joel Shapiro Studio

Installation view, Joel Shapiro: Sculpture, The Clocktower, New York, 1973. © 2019 ProLitteris, Zurich; Photo; Image courtesy Joel Shapiro Studio

Installation view, Joel Shapiro, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, 1972. © 2019 ProLitteris, Zurich; Photo Geoffrey Clements

Joel Shapiro, Untitled, 1976–77, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2003. © 2019 ProLitteris, Zurich; Photo Jerry L. Thompson

Installation view, Joel Shapiro, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, 2016. © 2019 ProLitteris, Zurich; Photo Kevin Todora

Installation view, Postminimal Sculptures at the Collection IVAM, IVAM Centre del Carme, 1993. © 2019 ProLitteris, Zurich; Image courtesy Joel Shapiro Studio


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