This is the most comprehensive presentation ever published of the work of Joel Shapiro, one of the preeminent American sculptors of our time. Through nearly 300 illustrations, 90 in color, it traces Shapiro's development from the late 1960s to the present.
Coming of age with the Post-Minimalist generation of the 1970s, Shapiro first became widely known for small sculptures of simple house shapes and for other tiny structures installed in isolation in the open, uninterrupted spaces of gallery floors. By the 1980s, he had embraced figurative sculpture, making the works for which he is now famous.
In recent years, Shapiro has embarked on a series of large-scale, outdoor sculptural commissions, of which the best known is his two-part work for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.