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b. 1951, USA

Arlene Shechet Biography

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.'

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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.

Arlene Shechet Featured Artworks

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

Arlene Shechet Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Arlene Shechet, Skirts at Pace Gallery, New York
Upcoming
28 February–25 April 2020 Arlene Shechet Skirts Pace Gallery, New York
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

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

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...

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