Installation view of exhibition
Past exhibition

Exhibition: Joel Shapiro: Plaster, Paper, Wood, and Wire

Joel Shapiro: Plaster, Paper, Wood, and Wire explores Shapiro’s artistic practice through his engagement with specific materials. Best known for his large-scale bronze sculptures, Shapiro has routinely turned to plaster and other media to explore avenues of creative growth and experiment with new ideas. The exhibition takes as a starting point important works from the Gallery’s collection—including powerful minimalist charcoal drawings and sculptures in plaster, wood, and wire—and presents them in dialogue with new and historical works selected from the artist’s studio. The objects on view illustrate Shapiro’s versatility as an artist and highlight key turning points during his decades-long career. As a special accompaniment to the exhibition, two monumental outdoor sculptures by Shapiro grace the Gallery’s fourth-floor sculpture terrace.

Joel Shapiro, Untitled, 2002

Joel Shapiro, Untitled, 2002. Painted wood and wire. Yale University Art Gallery, Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund. © Joel Shapiro/Artists Rights Society (ARS)

Views of the Exhibition

Exhibition organized by Pamela Franks, Senior Deputy Director and the Seymour H. Knox, Jr., Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Made possible by the Gretchen, John, and Alex Berggruen Family Fund and the Joann and Gifford Phillips, Class of 1942, Fund.