David Shapiro

David Shapiro was born in 1944 in Brooklyn, New York. His paintings and prints, according to the author Mason Riddle, “comprise a highly personal language of signs and symbols. Circles, spirals, dots, wave and knot patterns, stylized flames and textures resonate on richly hued, tactile surfaces of Nepalese and Japanese papers, burlap, nylon screening, and canvas evoking a subtle mood of contemplation. Suggesting constellations of heavenly bodies, or human thoughts, these works appear to visually and psychologically, if not mythically, intersect, overlap, and merge with one another.” Likened to be the visual equivalent of a mantra, Shapiro develops series of work based upon Eastern traditions and concepts, such as “Mudra” (Buddhist hand symbols) and “Savasan” (the lying-down posture in yogic practices).

“Shapiro’s shapes hum with a paradoxical energy, alternately attracting and repelling one another like magnets. That tension brings the colors to life, high-lighting the wealth of surface and sub-surface textures that Shapiro weaves together in his subtle, strange, mesmerizing works,” writes Ferdinand Protzman in his Washington Post review.

Shapiro’s work is included in many public and private collections including The Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon Guggenheim Museum; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Kunsthalle der Stadt in Nuremberg, Germany.

 

Exhibitions

2015

  • David Shapiro, Leslie Sacks Gallery, CA

2005

  • The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2001

  • The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1999

  • The Fine Art Society, London, England
  • Numark Gallery, Washington, DC
  • Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto, Canada

1998

  • The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  • Elliot Smith Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO
  • Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL

1997

  • Numark Gallery, Washington, DC
  • Sen Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1996

  • Elliot Smith Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO
  • Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto, Canada
  • Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL

1995

  • Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL

1994

  • Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto, Canada
  • Kaoru Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1992

  • Davidson Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • “Twenty Year Retrospective”, Indiana University Fine Art Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Thompson Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

1990

  • Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto, Canada
  • Kansas City Artist Coalition, Kansas City, MO
  • Kaoru Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • Gloria Luria Gallery, Miami, FL
  • Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  • Dolan/Maxwell Gallery, New York, NY
  • Dolan/Maxwell Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1989

  • Dolan/Maxwell Gallery, New York, NY
  • Thompson Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

1988

  • Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  • Souyun Yi Gallery, New York, NY
  • Dolan/Maxwell Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • Gloria Luria Gallery, Miami, FL

1987

  • Dolan/Maxwell Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • Jan Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • Thompson Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
  • Gloria Luria Gallery, Miami, FL

1986

  • Vandewoude-Tananbaum Gallery, New York, NY

1985

  • Thompson Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
  • Gloria Luria Gallery, Miami, FL
  • Getler/Pall Gallery, New York, NY

1983

  • Vandewoude-Tananbaum Gallery, New York, NY
  • Styria Studio, New York, NY
  • Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN
  • Gloria Luria Gallery, Miami, FL
  • Getler/Pall Gallery, New York, NY

1982

  • Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
  • Canton Art Institute, Canton, OH
  • Butler Institute of American Art, Fort Wayne, IN

1981

  • Gloria Luria Gallery, Miami, FL
  • Getler/Pall Gallery, New York, NY

1979

  • Gloria Luria Gallery, Miami, FL
  • Getler/Pall Gallery, New York, NY
  • Alexander Milliken Gallery, New York, NY
  • Poindexter Gallery, New York, NY

1978

  • Huntington Galleries, Huntington, WV
  • Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • Alexander Milliken Gallery, New York, NY

1974

  • Poindexter Gallery, New York, NY

1973

  • William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • Poindexter Gallery, New York, NY
  • Gertrude Kasle Gallery, New York, NY

1971

  • Poindexter Gallery, New York, NY
  • Gertrude Kasle Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

1995

  • US Print Grafikan Paja Himmelblau, Tampere, Finland
  • “Frameless”, Inaugural International Invitational Biennial, Mie Cultural Center, Ise, Japan

1990

  • “Eleventh British International Print Biennial”, Bradford Art Galleries and Museums, traveling to the Royal College of Art, Henry Moore Galleries, London
  • “Echo Press: A Decade of Printmaking”, Indiana University Museum of Art, Bloomington, IN (catalogue)
  • “Art on Paper”, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

1989

  • “Myth Symbol Dream: Structures of the Unconscious”, Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Wilmington
  • Graphic Biennial, exhibition sponsored by U.S.I.A., Ljubljana, Yugoslavia, traveling to University of Florida Gallery, Gainsville
  • “Mind and Matter”, exhibition sponsored by U.S.I.A., traveling to Seoul, Tokyo, New Zealand, Australia, Bangkok, Manila, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore (catalogue)

1988

  • 23rd National Print Exhibition, Brooklyn, NY
  • Contemporary American Prints, Garton & Cooke, London (catalogue)
  • Combination Prints-1980’s, New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, Summit, NJ

1983

  • World Print Four, San Francisco, CA

1982

  • Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY

1981

  • 22nd National Print Exhibition, Brooklyn, NY
  • Recent Acquisitions, Brooklyn Museum, NY

1980

  • Recent Acquisitions, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

Selected Public Collections

  • Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, San Francisco, CA
  • Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
  • Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
  • Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
  • Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
  • Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN
  • Kresge Art Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • Kunsthalle der Stadt Nuremberg, Nuremberg, Germany
  • Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, FL
  • Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  • North York Performing Arts Center, North York, Ontario, Canada
  • Ohio University Art Museum, Athens, OH
  • Pennsylvania Academy, Philadelphia, PA
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
  • Solomon Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
  • University of Iowa Art Museum, Iowa City, IA
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Weatherspoon Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Aichi Prefecture Museum of Art, Nagoya, Japan

Selected Corporate Collections

  • American Express
  • Amoco
  • Ashland Oil Corporation
  • Bayer, USA
  • The Chase Manhattan Bank
  • Continental Grain Corporation
  • First National Bank of Chicago
  • General Mills
  • Highlands Group
  • Holder Construction Company
  • Hospital Corporation of America
  • Mobile Oil Corporation
  • Northern Telecom
  • Philadelphia Savings Fund Society
  • Security Pacific National Bank
  • Southeast Banking Corporation
  • 3M Corporation
  • Union Bank of Switzerland (Canada)
  • Haworth Canada, Toronto
  • American Telephone & Telegraph
  • Bank of New York
  • Coca Cola
  • Dun & Bradstreet International
  • The General Electric Corporation
  • Hewlett-Packard

Visiting Artist

1993

  • Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

1991

  • Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
  • Southern Graphic Association Convention, Kansas City, MO (Speaker)

1988

  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

1986

  • Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

1985

    • Iowa State University, Ames, IA

1982

  • Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

1981

  • Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • State University of New York at Purchase
  • Nova Scotia School of Art & Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Drake University, Des Moines, IA

1973

  • Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

Teaching

1974-80

  • Parsons School of Design, New York, NY

1971-72

  • Barnard College, New York, NY

1970-71

    • University of Bridgeport, CT
    • Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

1968-69

  • Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

1966

  • John Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, IN

Clearing 13, 2007

Origin and Return 38, 2000

Savasan 78, 2000

Light in the Forest 9, 1988

Light in the Forest 5, 1984

Kala 14, 1988

Kala 8, 1988

Kala 3, 1988

Kala 2, 1988​