Joel Shapiro, ‘SPILL’, 1992, Alpha 137 Gallery
Joel Shapiro, ‘SPILL’, 1992, Alpha 137 Gallery
Joel Shapiro, ‘SPILL’, 1992, Alpha 137 Gallery

This work was created by renowned abstract sculptor Joel Shapiro in 1992, as part of a portfolio called the Skowhegan Suite, to raise money for the Skowhegan School of Painint and Sculpture. It featured prints by artists Richard Bosman, Vija Celmins, Louisa Chase, Anish Kapoor, Robert Mangold, Joel Shapiro and John Walker. This exquisite woodcut typifies the artist's Minimalist style. Though composed of abstract geometric shapes in a single color, Spill captures both the subtle splatter marks and the grain of the wood blocks that Joel Shapiro used to print it, surprisingly expressive details that document the process of its making. While many of Shapiro’s woodblock prints are untitled, here, the artist’s title suggests one possible formal reading of the work: a bucket tipping over. It also refers back to the controlled splatter of paint on paper.
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Published by: Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

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Signature: pencil signed dated and numbered on the recto (front)

Publisher: Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

About Joel Shapiro

Joel Shapiro has built his sculptures out of wood, wire, and cast bronze, relying on space and the position and proximity of the viewer to play with perception. These seemingly simple works are constructed out of multicolored painted blocks arranged into abstract shapes or, in the case of his 2011 exhibition at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany, wooden components, from large planes to narrow planks, separately suspended by wires attached to walls, floor, and ceiling. The scale of Shapiro’s installations is always significant, making the architectural spaces in which they are exhibited an important part of their impact.

American, b. 1941, New York, New York, based in New York, New York