Nasher Sculpture Center presents Joel Shapiro opening day
The Nasher Sculpture Center will present the exhibition Joel Shapiro. One of the most prominent and influential sculptors of the era, Joel Shapiro has long explored geometric form through structural compositions that visually and physically challenge the possibilities of balance and weight.
For his Nasher exhibition, Shapiro will extend his career-long inquiry of form in space with a site-specific installation of brightly painted and suspended volumes that occupy the floor and hover in the air at different heights and angles within the gallery. The installation expands the predominant focus of Shapiro’s oeuvre, which the artist notes is rooted in the “reconfiguration of and repositioning of relatively known, simple geometric forms.”
In addition to the installation of suspended forms, a series of recent works on paper featuring amorphous skeins of ink and gouache, as well as key works by Shapiro from the Nasher’s permanent collection, will also be on view in the Nasher Collection gallery and throughout the Sculpture Center. Alongside the artist’s site-specific installation, this presentation of his two-dimensional work and older sculptures will highlight Shapiro’s prevailing concern for matters of scale—the relationship between the size and the physical experience of a form.
As balletic and fluid as they are angular or severe, all of the works in the exhibition will attest to Shapiro’s masterful harnessing of the joyful energy made by arranging forms and structures in space.
Following the opening day, the exhibit will be on display through August 21.