Dee Shapiro

Dee Shapiro has been exhibiting work since the 1970’s with a number of solo exhibitions and museum exhibitions each year. She has had several one persons shows at the Andre Zarre Gallery from 1975 through 2018 and in 2019 with David Richard Gallery. She has been included in numerous group shows in the US and abroad. Works are in the collection of the S.R. Guggenheim Museum, NY, Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY, William Louis-Dreyfus family Collection, Mt. Kisco, NY, Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo NY, Albright College, Reading, PA, and others as well as incorporate and private collections.


As in a dream of alternative realities, absurd connections, or on a trip passing familiar landscapes in unfamiliar settings, new conscious and unconscious associations are brought to a 2-dimensional surface in my work. In the recent pieces, geometry (seen even in the structure of organic forms) directs composition: arbitrary drops of color undermine control and create shapes that succumb to the overwork of drawings, rendering obsessive intricacies and paint application building the forms. Collage material adds extraneous influences in a subtle blend.

In the beginning was pattern. First the Fibonacci progression color coded on graph paper, a piece which landed in the Guggenheim Museum in NYC. Next, inclusion in the P & D exhibition at P.S. 1 followed by a series of work that included architectural elements off the grid. With all the work, always color, a nod to the Albers studies. A redirection to small horizontal paintings of the geometry in cities and landscapes ensued for a number of years.

Missing the early fascination and engagement with pattern led to more recent work exploring evocative biological and organic forms, the evolution of which is the more recent work as well as borrowing from sources that include other artist’s work in a collaborative effort.

In this new body of work, I am unflinchingly forging ahead to newly wrought terrain.


Year: 2013

Materials: ink and flashe’ paint on canvas

Size: 20 x 16 x 2 inches


Year: 2013

Materials: ink, paint, beads

Size: 20 x 16 x 2 inches


As a celebration that 2020 has ended and that a new year is here, FLATFILE has launched a new online program title, simply: “2021.”

We invited artists to participate through a rolling open call, which remains open for the entirety of this year. From these submissions, our jury panel carefully selects new works to present on FLATFILE, with new works added throughout all of 2021.