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Joel Shapiro's Untitled may bring to mind a human figure in motion, yet at the same time it can be understood as an abstract sculpture that explores the properties of balance and gravity. The impression changes as you move around the object and encounter a variety of animated compositions. Originally constructed from plywood sheets, the elements of this work were carefully cast to retain the wood grain pattern.


(Paula Cooper Gallery, New York); purchased 11 May 1990 by NGA.

Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994: 219, repro.