Photo by Lyle Peterzell

Model for Two Houses

Sculpture: wood and white primer
height, including base: 11 in.; base: 16 3/4 x 15 x 11/16 in.
Date: 2000

In this study created for a commission in Orléans, France, two white houses are flipped on an angle and joined in a seemingly precarious balance, as if in permanent fall. The corner of the lower house is intersected by the base of the sculpture, its center of gravity hovering over the point of impact. Joel Shapiro, who has known the Vogels since the early 1970s, said the collectors “were early and serious enthusiasts of the work of my generation. . . . When they acquired works, it wasn’t about money. They were deeply intelligent and had a strong point of view.”

All works by Joel Shapiro
RISD Museum, Rhode Island School of Design
Accession: 2009.59.34
  • The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Rhode Island. RISD Museum, Providence, Rhode Island, July 20, 2012 – December 2, 2012.

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