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Aesthetic Radicalism in ‘Awakenings’ at Singapore’s National Gallery Ocula Report Aesthetic Radicalism in ‘Awakenings’ at Singapore’s National Gallery 21 Jun 2019 : Sam Gaskin for Ocula

Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s–1990s, a major retrospective at Singapore's National Gallery (14 June–15 September 2019), opens emphatically in flames. At the exhibition's entrance, viewers encounter a wall-sized image from 1964 titled Burning Canvases Floating on the River. The photograph captures a performance by Lee Seung-taek, in which...

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Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture Ocula Conversation Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture

When the London-born artist Thomas J Price graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Arts in 2004, the school's college art prize was by no means his most notable accomplishment as an emerging artist. In 2001, Price presented his much-talked-about work Licked, a daring performance, later profiled on the BBC 4 television...

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'Sites Encountered': A Chorus of Five Artists at M+ Pavilion Ocula Report 'Sites Encountered': A Chorus of Five Artists at M+ Pavilion 21 Jun 2019 : Emily Verla Bovino for Ocula

Without punctuation, She Said Why Me, the title of May Fung's 1989 video presents itself as a statement, rather than a question. It suggests a subject who expects no response, a person prepared to make what she can from being chosen though perplexed by the attention. The video follows a blindfolded woman, then unmasked, through late colonial-era...

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Arlene Shechet

b. 1951, USA

Arlene Shechet is a sculptor living and working in New York City and the Hudson Valley. All at Once, a major, critically acclaimed 20-year survey of Shechet's work was on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston in 2015. Sebastian Smee of The Boston Globe wrote: 'It's in the harmonies and tensions between these colours and textures, between suggestions of both order and anarchy, decay and blooming freshness, that these works cough, sputter, and sing. If they really are the great analogs to interior life that I feel them to be, it's because Shechet knows that this life, expertly attended to, has its own folds and wrinkles, its own hollows and protuberances; that it is at once fugitive and monumental...and ultimately unknowable.' All at Once was also hailed by The New York Times as 'some of the most imaginative American sculpture of the past 20 years, and some of the most radically personal.'

In recent years, Shechet's work has included historical museum installations. Porcelain, No Simple Matter: Arlene Shechet and the Arnhold Collection, was on view at The Frick Collection from 2016–2017 in NYC, and was described in the New Yorker as 'a balancing act of respectful and radical' with 'whimsical beauty and deep smarts.' From Here on Now, Shechet's Intersections exhibition at the Phillips Collection was on view from 2016–2017 in Washington, D.C.

Shechet is currently working on a multi-faceted public sculpture installation titled Round and Round for Madison Square Park at 5th avenue in NYC. The installation will include large-scale porcelain and cast iron sculptures along with cast concrete, wood, and resin elements. Round and Round will reimagine a thoroughfare of the park as a gathering place that beckons people and sanctions interaction. It opens September 2018.

Shechet was featured on public television in PBS's Art 21 in 2014 (season 7) as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art Artist Project video in 2016 (season 4). She is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2016 College Art Association Artist Award for Distinguished Body of Work, a John S. Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship Award in 2004, the AWWA Award and the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2010, as well as three separate New York Foundation for the Arts awards.

Shechet's work is in many distinguished public and private collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the National Gallery, Washington, DC; the Jewish Museum, New York; the Brooklyn Museum; and the CCS Bard Hessel Museum in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

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Featured Artworks

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Couple Of by Arlene Shechet contemporary artwork
Arlene ShechetCouple Of, 2016 Glazed ceramic with painted and carved hardwood
103.5 x 29.2 x 26.7 cm
David Kordansky Gallery
Cub Pair by Arlene Shechet contemporary artwork
Arlene ShechetCub Pair, 2012 Meissen porcelain and platinum
15.2 x 17.1 x 10.2 cm
David Kordansky Gallery
Wink by Arlene Shechet contemporary artwork
Arlene ShechetWink, 2012 Cast pigmented cotton
99.1 x 73.7 x 2.5 cm
Pace Gallery
Close to me by Arlene Shechet contemporary artwork
Arlene ShechetClose to me, 2018 Glazed ceramic
38.1 x 40.6 x 35.6 cm
Almine Rech
Seems Like Spring by Arlene Shechet contemporary artwork
Arlene ShechetSeems Like Spring, 2018 Glazed ceramic, steel
50.8 x 38.1 x 38.1 cm
Almine Rech
Gold Thumbs Landscape by Arlene Shechet contemporary artwork
Arlene ShechetGold Thumbs Landscape, 2012 Glazed Meissen Porcelain, gold
40 x 11 x 10.9 cm
Almine Rech
Rest Less by Arlene Shechet contemporary artwork
Arlene ShechetRest Less, 2018 Glazed ceramic, wood
58.4 x 40.6 x 40.6 cm
Almine Rech
Deep Listening by Arlene Shechet contemporary artwork
Arlene ShechetDeep Listening, 2018 Glazed ceramic, wood, paint
127 x 66 x 50.8 cm
Almine Rech

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, By Fire, Ceramic Works at Almine Rech, New York
Closed
31 October–15 December 2018 Group Exhibition By Fire, Ceramic Works Almine Rech, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Taurus and the Awakener at David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
Closed
21 July–25 August 2018 Group Exhibition Taurus and the Awakener David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
Contemporary art exhibition, Arlene Shechet, Some Truths at Almine Rech, Paris
Closed
21 April–26 May 2018 Arlene Shechet Some Truths Almine Rech, Paris

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Arlene Shechet Smuggles Politics into Madison Square Park Related Press Arlene Shechet Smuggles Politics into Madison Square Park Hyperallergic : 20 November 2018

Madison Square Park succeeds for that same reason. In one of the city’s most congested areas, it provide an oasis for the white collar workers and wealthy elites that have populated the Flatiron District for centuries. But ceramicist Arlene Shechet has little interest in padding this peaceful narrative with Full Steam Ahead, an exhibition of public...

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