Guangzhou, China Next: Athens, Greece

Joel Shapiro (American, 1941)

Now, 2013, painted aluminum, 22 feet, 7 inches high

“The sculpture that I have created for the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou is a large essentially abstract work, but it has distinct figurative references. The individual forms are simple, but in concert are unpredictable, complicated and engaging. The capacity for joyful play and free experimentation is universal, and I think transcends cultural boundaries. It is the very nature of art.”

In 2009, FAPE commissioned Joel Shapiro to create a work for the new U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou. The work was installed in March 2013. In 2010, the artist contributed the maquette of this sculpture to FAPE for permanent display at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York City.

Shapiro is one of the United States’ best-known sculptors. His work, while based on the human figure, stands at the intersection of abstract and figurative art. Shapiro’s sculptures and drawings have been seen in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and are in the collections of major museums worldwide. The artist was born in New York City and received his B.A. and M.A. from New York University. The recipient of many awards and honors, he continues to live and work in New York City.

Gift of the artist with additional funding provided by Bank of America and The Honorable Ronald S. Lauder and Mrs. Jo Carole Lauder. Donated in honor of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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© Joel Shapiro/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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