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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-11-21

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through Jan. 24 at. the
Susanne Hilberry
Gallery, offers gouaches
as well as wood and wire Joel Shapiro,
formed into reliefs and
suspensions from the
ceiling. A wood and wire installa-
tion, completed at the gallery to be
site-specific, fills one section of the
building.
"There's very little bronze casting
in the show," explains Shapiro, 62,
whose current Michigan exhibit is
the largest he has brought to the
state. "it represents a certain tangent
of my work that a lot of people are
not aware of, and most deals with
the relationship of the form to the
wall — how it sits on the wall and
where it's located on the wall in rela-
tionship to the architecture.
"The show becomes a discourse
among work struggling against gravi-
ty. Even though the gouaches are
only drawings, they deal with color
pulling away from the page the way
that sculpture pulls away from [what
might be holding it]. These pieces
are less bound up, and they have a .
lot to do with disintegration of
known form. There's a lack of pre-
dictability in the way the work is
organized."
Shapiro, known for abstract sculp-
ture that often suggests body move-
ment, adds color to infuse emotion.
His approach derives from the
Minimalism prevalent in the 1960s
and 1970s, when he began working on
his master's degree in art at New York



Untitled, in wood and wire, 2003

University and went on to exhibit.
The artist's creative path has since
taken him through more than 125
solo showings in galleries, museums
and public gardens in and out of the
United States.

Holocaust Memorial Sculpture

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in
New York City recently showed a
selection of his large aluminum fig-
ure forms in Joel Shapiro on the Roof
placing the contemporary statuary in
the high-up, open-air space that
offers views of Central Park and the
Manhattan skyline.
The United States Holocaust
Memorial Museum in Washington,
D.C., keeps a two-element sculpture,
"Loss and Regeneration," along an
outdoor plaza. A tipped, house-like
structure and a figure form come
together to depict the disintegration
of security in the Nazi presence and
the hope of future renewal.
"The Holocaust museum project
was the result of a competition with a
group of people making the choice,
Shapiro-says. "The charge of the corn-
petition, at least as I understood it,
was to make the most humane, .emo-
tionally resonant work I could at the
time. It was the depth of the

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