Joel Shapiro

Untitled, 1975

Cast iron
6 3/8 x 10 5/8 x 9 1/4 in. (16.2 x 27 x 23.5 cm.)

Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas

In the early 1970s, Shapiro made a group of small sculptures recalling recognizable objects such as chairs, houses, and shelves. Often placed directly on the floor, as is the case with Untitled, such works stimulate feelings of both confusion and familiarity: their scale and placement make it difficult to ascertain our relation to them. Untitled, for example, suggests both a structure without a roof as well as the footprint of a building seen from above.

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Photo Credits

(c) 2004 Joel Shapiro/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York "Reproduction, including downloading of Arp, Brancusi, Braque, Calder, de Kooning, Dubuffet, Ernst, Giacometti, Gonzalez, Laurens, Maillol, Pevsner, Puni, Richier, Matisse, Miro, Picasso, Newman, Archipenko, Smith, Stella, Chamberlain, Serra and/or Shapiro works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York."

Photographer: David Heald



Artist Irving Blum, New York Paula Cooper Gallery, New York Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, Dallas, Texas, 1984

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