Pace Gallery Announces Installation of Joel Shapiro’s Monumental Sculpture in Historic IBM Building in Midtown Manhattan
New York, October 6, 2021 – The Pace Gallery is pleased to announce the installation of a large-scale bronze sculpture (untitled, 1996-1999) by Joel Shapiro at 590 Madison, the IBM Building, in Midtown Manhattan, New York. Replacing the Alexander Calder stabile Saurien (1975) which had been in place for over 20 years, Shapiro’s work will be on display to the public at the main entrance of the building at the corner of 57th Street and Madison Avenue. On long-term loan, Shapiro’s sculpture brings renewed energy to one of New York’s most vibrant office buildings and streetscapes. The installation is co-curated with Edward J. Minskoff, with whom Pace has a decades-long relationship that stems from a shared belief in the transformative power of public art and the intrinsic relationship between art and architecture. .
One of America’s foremost contemporary sculptors with more than 30 public sculptures around the world, Shapiro has continually pushed the boundaries of sculptural form over his 50-year career, developing a work that stands out for its dynamism and its formal elegance. Emerging as a practicing artist in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Shapiro sought to overcome the constraints of minimalism, while retaining aspects of his material and procedural strategies, and to introduce a more sculptural mode. referential and psychologically deeper. Having worked with an array of materials over the years, including aluminum, iron, wood, and plaster, Shapiro is perhaps best known for his commitment to bronze casting and his often-composed configurations of abstract and rectilinear elements that suggest a human figure. or figures in various states of motion.
Standing 24 feet tall, Shapiro’s untitled bronze from 1996-1999 exemplifies his ability to elicit immediate and visceral responses from viewers. From various points around the intersection of Madison and 57th Street, as well as the plaza around the sculpture in front of 590 Madison, pedestrians and spectators can explore the artist’s attention to patina, surface, form and process, noting how the bronze casting retains traces of the original patterns of the wood, as well as the changing shapes and configurations of the work. Both slender and restless, the work’s graceful and turbulent forms reinvigorate viewers’ engagement in their daily urban environment, evoking the complexity of modern life and the regenerative potential of the human spirit.
“I am deeply grateful for this opportunity to exhibit a sculpture in such an important city square, and I am honored to follow Calder’s much-loved long-term installation, which I greatly admired. I would like to thank Arne and Marc Glimcher and Edward Minskoff for making this installation possible and for their longstanding commitment to public art. As we continue to face the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, I hope my sculpture will be seen as a celebration and testament to the strength, courage, resilience and creativity of the great people of New York. “
Pace Gallery and Minskoff began their multi-year partnership in 1995 with The Sculpture Garden’s inaugural exhibition, a display in the public atrium of 590 Madison curated by Pace and featuring seasonal exhibitions of modern and contemporary sculpture. The first iteration of the series of exhibitions featured sculptures by Pace artists, including Jean Dubuffet, Louise Nevelson, Claes Oldenburg, and Coosje van Bruggen, among others. Along with this presentation, Pace installed Saurien, a large-scale sculpture by Calder, at the entrance to 590 Madison. Pace artists ‘works are featured at several other Minskoff properties in New York, including Jeff Koons’ Balloon Rabbit (2005-2013) at IBM Watson headquarters at 51 Astor Place and Oldenburg and Van Spitzhacke, Model (1982). Bruggen at 1166 Avenue of the Americas. Minskoff says:
“It has been a pleasure working with Pace over the past four decades to exhibit public art throughout the city. This project marks the culmination of my long-standing relationship with Pace and Joel Shapiro. I can’t wait to have one of Joel’s prominent sculptures outside of 590 Madison Avenue for many New Yorkers and tourists to meet as the city continues to reopen.
Marc Glimcher says:
“Public art is the cornerstone of our program and the foundation of the practices of many of our artists. We are grateful for our long-standing partnership with Edward J. Minskoff and for his shared enthusiasm for public art, which has enabled us to share the large-scale works of our artists with audiences beyond our gallery walls. . Joel Shapiro is one of the greatest American sculptors working today and we are grateful to be able to exhibit his work in the heart of Midtown Manhattan.
Since its founding in 1960, Pace has championed many artists working on monumental scales. Some of the iconic public sculptures supported by Pace in New York include Dubuffet’s Group of Four Trees (1970-1972), which became a staple of the downtown Manhattan cityscape and remains on view today at One Chase Manhattan. Plaza; Nevelson Chapel, which is located inside St. Peter’s Church at 619 Lexington Avenue and is currently undergoing renovations supported in part by the gallery; and Nevelson’s Shadows and Flags (1977) in the Financial District.
Today, Pace continues to represent some of the most important sculptors and installation artists in art history, such as Calder, Dubuffet, Barbara Hepworth, Tony Smith, Sol LeWitt, Nevelson, Oldenburg and van Bruggen. The gallery also supports contemporary artists who explore new frontiers in large-scale sculpture, including Lynda Benglis, Tara Donovan, Song Dong, Maya Lin, Latifa Echakhch, Elmgreen & Dragset, Koons, Arlene Shechet and others.
Some of the public art installations and commissions by Pace artists currently on display in New York City include Lin’s Ghost Forest (2021) at Madison Square Park; sculptures by Calder Janey Waney (1969) at Gramercy Park and Le Guichet (1963) at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; and the monumental bronze work of Hepworth Single Form (1961-64), which is housed in the United Nations building.
Joel shapiro (born 1941) has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Valencià Institute of Modern Art (IVAM), Spain; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Ludwig Museum, Cologne; the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; the Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas; the Portland Art Museum, Oregon; and other international institutions. His work can be found in numerous public collections around the world, including those of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois; the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, New York; Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland; the Center Pompidou, Paris; and the Tate Gallery, London. His more than 30 major commissions include large-scale works for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC and the United States Consulate in Guangzhou, China. His work can also be found outside of the US Embassy in Ottawa, Canada; the Denver Art Museum, Colorado; and Kennedy Center, Washington, DC
Rhythm is a leading international art gallery representing some of the most influential contemporary artists and fields of the past century, with decades-long relationships with Alexander Calder, Jean Dubuffet, Barbara Hepworth, Agnes Martin, Louise Nevelson and Mark Rothko. Pace enjoys a unique American heritage spanning the east and west coasts through its early support to artists at the heart of the Abstract Expressionist and Light and Space movements.
Since its founding by Arne Glimcher in 1960, Pace has developed a distinguished heritage as an artists’ gallery that organizes fundamental historical and contemporary exhibitions. Under the current leadership of President and CEO Marc Glimcher, Pace continues to support his artists and share their visionary work with audiences around the world by staying at the forefront of innovation. Now in its seventh decade, the gallery is advancing its mission through a strong global program comprising exhibitions, artist projects, public installations, institutional collaborations, performances and interdisciplinary projects. Pace has a heritage in creating art books and has published over five hundred titles in close collaboration with artists, with an emphasis on original scholarship and on introducing new voices to the canon of the the history of art. The gallery has also spearheaded the exploration of the intersection of art and technology through new business models, exhibition interpretation tools and the representation of artists engaged in technology. .
Today, Pace has nine locations around the world, including London, Geneva, a strong presence in Palo Alto and two galleries in New York, its head office at 540 West 25th Street, which welcomed nearly 120,000 visitors and scheduled 20 exhibits in its first six months and adjacent 8,000 square foot exhibit space at 510 West 25th Street. Pace was one of the first international galleries to establish outposts in Asia, where it operates permanent galleries in Hong Kong and Seoul, as well as an office and showroom in Beijing. In 2020, Pace opened temporary exhibition spaces in East Hampton and Palm Beach, with ongoing programming on a seasonal basis. In the fall of 2021, Pace will continue to expand its European presence with the opening of a larger gallery in London.