Joel Shapiro (b. 1941)
Property from an Important Private Collection
Joel Shapiro (b. 1941)


Joel Shapiro (b. 1941)
cast bronze
58 ¾ x 48 x 25 in. (149.2 x 121.9 x 63.5 cm.)
Executed in 1989-1990. This work is number three from an edition of four plus one artist's proof.
Pace Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Joel Shapiro: Tracing the Figure, exh. cat., Des Moines Art Center, 1990, p. 63, no. 15. (another example illustrated).
Joel Shapiro, exh. cat., Valencia, IVAM Centre Julio González, 1991, pp. 63 and 70 (another example illustrated and illustrated on the cover).
H. Teicher and M. Brenson, Joel Shapiro: Sculpture and Drawings, New York, 1998, p. 135, no. 179 (another example illustrated).
Humlebaek, Denmark, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art; Valencia, IVAM Centre Julio González; Kunsthalle Zürich, and Calais, Musée des Beaux Arts, Joel Shapiro, September 1990-September 1991, p. 38, no. 18 (another example exhibited and illustrated).
Fort Lauderdale, Museum of Art, Stars in Florida, February–March 1992, p. 28 (illustrated).
Minneapolis, Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and Kansas City, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City Sculpture Park, Joel Shapiro: Outdoors, May 1995-October 1996, pp. 21 and 41 (another example exhibited and illustrated).
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Embracing the Contemporary: The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Collection, June-September 2016, p. 232 (another example exhibited and illustrated).

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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.” (K. Kertess, "Dancing with Gravity," exh. cat. Joel Shapiro: New Wood and Bronze Sculpture, New York, 1998, p. 6)

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