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2 Jun - 5 Oct 2020
K11 MUSEA x Pace gallery – Joel Shapiro’s work

American artist Joel Shapiro’s large sculpture Untitled (1992) exhibits the signature sense of movement in Shapiro’s works, which, through the arrangement of simplified elements, are powerfully suggestive of active human forms that engage viewers’ physical and psychological relationships with space. Subverting a distinction between abstraction and representation, the artist reconsiders the modern figurative tradition, creating abstract geometric sculpture that appears to reach, balance, and dance. His work as a whole can be seen as an ongoing succession of movements in which each individual work represents one significant action.



Joel Shapiro, Untitled, 1992, bronze, 10' 7-3/4" x 6' 6-3/4" x 2' 3" © 2020 Joel Shapiro / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, courtesy Pace Gallery

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Date
2 Jun - 5 Oct 2020
Time
10:00 - 22:00
Location
G/F, K11 MUSEA (near Koncierge)
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ABOUT
Joel Shapiro

Joel Shapiro (b. 1941, New York) is an artist of international prominence. He has executed more than thirty commissions and publicly sited sculptures in major Asian, European and North American cities and has been the subject of more than 160 solo exhibitions and retrospectives internationally. In his recent investigations of the expressive possibility of form and color in space, the artist suspends painted wooden elements from the ceiling, wall, and floor, exploring the projection of thought into space without the constraint of architecture. In 2011, the artist energized the monumental forty-three foot-tall gallery at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany with fifteen vibrantly painted wooden elements.

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