Joel Shapiro (b. 1941)
stamped with date and number '0/4 1995' (on the interior of the lowest element)
overall: 61 x 46½ x 29 in. (154.9 x 118.1 x 73.7 cm.)
Executed in 1995. This work is an artist proof from an edition of three.
PaceWildenstein, New York
Private collection, Louisville
Private collection, New York

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Lot Essay

Whether Joel Shapiro's art making humanizes geometry or dehumanizes the figure is moot. Depending upon the viewer's movement, Shapiro's sculpture shifts from the abstract to the figurative, from hyperkinetic flight to collapse, from purely formal to deeply emotional-like a kaleidoscope whose pieces promise, but finally refuse, to settle into resolution. The visually precarious angles at which the rectangular blocks configuring his sculpture are joined seem to set off a chain reaction of disjunctions-physical and psychological.
-K. Kertess, "Dancing with Gravity," exh. cat. Joel Shapiro: New Wood and Bronze Sculpture, New York, 1998, p. 6).

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