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20 elements, 2004 - 2005. Wood and casein. 10' 2" x 11' x 7' 1" (309.9 x 335.3 x 215.9 cm). nstallation view at Musée d'Orsay, Paris. © 2015 Joel Shapiro / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image courtesy of the artist. Photo: Sophie Boegly.
Born in New York City in 1941, Joel Shapiro has explored the possibilities of sculptural form throughout his fifty-year career in the visual arts. Since his first exhibition at the Paula Cooper Gallery in 1970, his work has been the subject of numerous solo and retrospective exhibitions at institutions including the Whitechapel Gallery, London, 1980; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1982; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 1985; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (jointly with the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City), 1995-6; Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2001; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, 2011; and Musée d’Art Moderne, Saint-Étienne, France. His work can be found in public collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum, and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Tate Gallery, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Prominent commissions include Loss and Regeneration for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., and Now, installed at the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, China, and commissioned by the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies. Mr. Shapiro is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was named Chevalier dans l‘Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2005. He lives and works in New York City.

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