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Paula Cooper Gallery

Joel Shapiro

  • Joel Shapiro
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Press for Joel Shapiro

Current Exhibitions at Paula Cooper Gallery


Large Gouaches

  • Sol LeWitt,
  • Opens: Nov. 03, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 15, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A BROKEN STREAM

  • Tauba Auerbach,
  • Opens: Nov. 10, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 10, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

1968

  • Peter Moore,
  • Opens: Oct. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 27, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

50 Years: An Anniversary

  • Carl Andre,
  • Jo Baer,
  • Robert Barry,
  • Bill Bollinger,
  • Dan Flavin,
  • Robert Huot,
  • Will Insley,
  • Donald Judd,
  • Sol LeWitt,
  • Robert Mangold,
  • Robert Murray,
  • Doug Ohlson,
  • Robert Ryman,
  • Opens: Oct. 10, 2018
  • Closes: Nov. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 10, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Carl Andre and Lynda Benglis

  • Carl Andre,
  • Lynda Benglis,
  • Opens: May. 10, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 16, 2018
  • Reception: May. 10, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Faces 1: Identity Politics [EXTENDED]

  • Charles Gaines,
  • Opens: May. 03, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 23, 2018
  • Reception: May. 04, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ben Estes, Alan Shields

  • Ben Estes,
  • Alan Shields,
  • Opens: Apr. 19, 2018
  • Closes: May. 12, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 19, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Joel Shapiro

  • Joel Shapiro
  • Opens: Mar. 24, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 28, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 24, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Two Films

  • Bruce Conner,
  • Opens: Feb. 15, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 24, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 15, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Robert Grosvenor

  • Robert Grosvenor,
  • Opens: Feb. 10, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 10, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mark di Suvero

  • Mark di Suvero,
  • Opens: Jan. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Il Bosco Lontano

  • Beatrice Caracciolo,
  • Opens: Jan. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Passing of Time: Michael Hurson at Work, 1971-2001

  • Michael Hurson,
  • Opens: Nov. 30, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 30, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Day! Help! Help! Another Day!

  • Cecily Brown,
  • Opens: Oct. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 02, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 27, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Douglas Huebler

  • Douglas Huebler,
  • Opens: Oct. 14, 2017
  • Closes: Nov. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 14, 2017
  • Hours: 5 - 7pm
  • Admission: free

Dan Flavin

  • Dan Flavin,
  • Opens: Nov. 03, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 07, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mark di Suvero

  • Mark di Suvero,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 22, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Invisible Surrealists

  • Sam Durant,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 18, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Hans Haacke

  • Hans Haacke,
  • Opens: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Closes: Nov. 22, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Rudolf Stingel

  • Rudolf Stingel,
  • Opens: Oct. 31, 2014
  • Closes: Nov. 29, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Dan Flavin

  • Dan Flavin,
  • Opens: Dec. 16, 2014
  • Closes: Jan. 15, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Dan Walsh

  • Dan Walsh,
  • Opens: Jan. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 14, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Sol LeWitt

  • Carl Andre,
  • Dan Flavin,
  • Sol LeWitt,
  • Opens: Jan. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 28, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Robert Grosvenor

  • Robert Grosvenor,
  • Opens: Apr. 25, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 02, 2015
  • Reception: Apr. 25, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Dissolving Margins

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Mar. 14, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 25, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Kelley Walker

  • Kelley Walker,
  • Opens: Mar. 03, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 18, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Peter Moore

  • Peter Moore,
  • Opens: Mar. 03, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 18, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Christian Marclay

  • Christian Marclay,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 17, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

EXTENDED: Group Show

  • Sophie Calle,
  • Sam Durant,
  • Hans Haacke,
  • Charles Gaines,
  • Wayne Gonzales,
  • Peter Moore,
  • Andres Serrano,
  • Carey Young,
  • Opens: Jun. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 14, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Xerox Book

  • Carl Andre,
  • Robert Barry,
  • Douglas Huebler,
  • Joseph Kosuth,
  • Sol LeWitt,
  • Robert Morris,
  • Lawrence Weiner,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 24, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Things Around the House

  • Claes Oldenburg,
  • Coosje van Bruggen,
  • Opens: Nov. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 19, 2015
  • Reception: Nov. 12, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Projective Instrument

  • Tauba Auerbach,
  • Opens: Jan. 09, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 13, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 09, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bruce Conner

  • Bruce Conner,
  • Opens: May. 03, 2016
  • Closes: Jul. 15, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Meg Webster

  • Meg Webster,
  • Opens: May. 07, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 24, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Walid Raad

  • Walid Raad,
  • Opens: Feb. 27, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 26, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

EXTENDED: Better be watching the clouds

  • Walid Raad,
  • Opens: May. 18, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 14, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Charles Gaines

  • Charles Gaines,
  • Opens: Mar. 31, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 30, 2016
  • Reception: Mar. 31, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Jennifer Bartlett

  • Jennifer Bartlett,
  • Opens: Mar. 26, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Small Sculptures and Short Words

  • Carl Andre,
  • Opens: Feb. 11, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 11, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sol LeWitt

  • Sol LeWitt,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 22, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

EXTENDED: David Novros

  • David Novros,
  • Opens: Apr. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 30, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Three Figures In A Room [Extended]

  • Paul Pfeiffer,
  • Opens: Oct. 13, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 17, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bing Wright

  • Bing Wright,
  • Opens: Mar. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 15, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A recrudescence

  • Justin Matherly,
  • Opens: Apr. 22, 2017
  • Closes: May. 26, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 22, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mark di Suvero

  • Mark di Suvero,
  • Opens: Nov. 03, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 10, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Dan Walsh

  • Dan Walsh,
  • Opens: Jan. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 04, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 05, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Liz Glynn

  • Liz Glynn,
  • Opens: Jan. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Christian Marclay

  • Christian Marclay,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 07, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Carey Young

  • Carey Young,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 14, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Mar 24 - Apr 28, 2018

  • Reception: Mar 24, 6 - 8pm

Where

Paula Cooper Gallery

  • 521 W 21st St, New York NY 10011 Map
  • 212.255.1105

About

Paula Cooper Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent work by Joel Shapiro. On view will be new sculptures demonstrating a breadth of material, scale and form, as well as a selection of ink drawings on paper. The exhibition will be presented at 521 West 21st Street from March 24th through April 28th, 2018. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, March 24th from 6 to 8pm.

Since his earliest one-person shows, presented at Paula Cooper Gallery in 1970 and 1972, Joel Shapiro has created work that activates and reconfigures space using his iconic vocabulary of geometric forms, shifting figural and nonreferential implications, and subtle manipulations of scale. Constructed from wood and painted a lustrous blue, his new monumental sculpture surges upward from the ground, bearing traces of gestural improvisation. Composed of four irregularly stacked polyhedral shapes, the work invites the viewer to engage with the gallery space, as its multifaceted planes advance and recede out of view. Similarly, Shapiro’s wall relief and suspended sculptures are assembled from geometric wood elements joined to form multiaxial projections. Unfolding in time and space, the works externalize thought in material, form, and color. Leaving the striated texture of the underlying wood structures partially visible, Shapiro covers the works with supersaturated casein paint. In the catalogue to his 1982 exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Shapiro stated: “The idea of thinking in color always interested me. If you are a sculptor and you use color, the color has to mean something, do something to change your perception of the piece. Cobalt violet obfuscates form and blue withdraws. Cadmium red and black both add density.”

In another room of the gallery, small cast bronze works—evoking a charred table and created from a dismembered draftsmen’s mannequin—are presented on an intimate scale, recalling early works of Shapiro’s from the 1970s. Their scarred surfaces and mutated forms invoke melancholic psychological narratives. And yet, the works maintain an obdurate sense of object-ness, translated to schematic abstract forms: “There’s a spatial or temporal proximity that induces the mind to perceive it in relation to its surroundings, while on the other hand [the work is seen] as a complete volumetric structure on the surface.”

Also on view is a selection of recent ink drawings, for which Shapiro employs loose, expressionistic brushwork to build a shifting, atmospheric dimensionality. Creating some as pairs by overlaying a clean sheet of paper onto a wet drawing, Shapiro transfers its mirror image—which he then develops further through the addition of ink or the reorientation of the paper. Applying a range of tones from buoyant vivid chroma to bereaved grays and blacks, the works explore a multiplicity of affectual and perceptual associations.


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