Permanent CollectionPrint

Joel Shapiro

(1941 -)

Untitled, 1980-82


38 1/4 in. x 56 in.

Joel Shapiro (born 1941 New York City, NY) is an american sculptor based in New York City. He is renowned for his dynamic work composed of simple rectangular shapes. While serving his Peace Corp time in India, Shapiro found inspiration and possibilities as an artist ┬áin Indian work. His early work is characterized by some by its small size, but Shapiro has discounted this perception, describing his early works as, “all about scale and the small size was an aspect of their scale”.


Untitled is part of a series of lithographs of odd shapes created by Shapiro. This piece is very simplistic but at the same time invokes very strong feelings. Lithography is a method of printing originally based on the immiscibility of oil and water. The printing is from a stone or a metal plate with a smooth surface.


[description:] lithograph of a black drawing. The drawing is an horizontal elongated oval with two round mountain-shaped on top of it. Both shapes are closer to the left side of the oval.

Gift of Debra and Dennis Scholl