The Fort Wayne Museum of Art has announced a gift of more than two hundred paintings and more than five hundred prints valued at approximately $6.2 million from the estate of American artist David Shapiro.
Featured in many public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon Guggenheim Museum in New York City, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Kunsthalle der Stadt in Nuremberg, Germany, Shapiro's art is influenced by Eastern traditions such as Buddhist hand symbols and yoga practices, which appear in his work in the form of circles, spirals, waves, and flames. The gift from the artist is the fourth in a series of significant gifts made by artists to FWMoA over the past two years, including a hundred and ten prints by Robert Kipniss, ninety-five prints by Katja Oxman, and two hundred and thirty prints and paintings by Steven Sorman.
"Before his untimely death in 2014, David Shapiro had already secured his place in the history of contemporary art by having major museums around the world add both his paintings and prints to their highly regarded collections," said FWMoA CEO and chief curator Charles Shepard. "That said, the full impact of David's contributions to the aesthetics of American painting and printmaking in the late twentieth/early twenty-first centuries has yet to be recognized. Alongside artists like Steven Sorman, Kenny Noland, Bob Mangold, and Frank Stella, [his] deep and contemplative work advanced abstraction and serious art-making in an increasingly market-driven art world that prospered, predominantly, on sensationalism. The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is especially proud of being chosen by David's estate to establish an extensive archive of his prints and paintings."