VIRTUAL CLAY LECTURE SERIES
2016-17 NCECA VIRTUAL CLAY LECTURES
Arlene Shechet, March 8, 5:30pm EST.
Arlene Shechet is a sculptor residing and working in New York City and the Hudson Valley.
Her exhibition, Porcelain, No Simple Matter, which opened in May 2016 and runs through April 2017, is the first presented within the Frick Collection by a living artist. Andrea K. Scott wrote in the New Yorker magazine, that the exhibition is “a balancing act of respectful and radical” and goes on to state, “What makes Shechet such an inspired choice for the Frick isn’t simply the twenty months she spent, on and off, in a Meissen studio, working closely with the company’s artisans. It’s also her long-term interest in East-West connections.”
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. 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.” A review of the exhibition by Sebastian Smee of The Boston Globe included, “It’s in the harmonies and tensions between these colors 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.”
In recent years, Shechet’s work has included historical museum installations. Porcelain, No Simple Matter: Arlene Shechet and the Arnhold Collection, on view at The Frick Collection from May 2016 to April 2017, is described in From Here on Now, Shechet’s next solo museum exhibition opens at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. in October 2016.
Shechet was featured in season 7 of PBS’s Art 21 in 2014 as well as season 4 of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Artists Project in 2016. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2016 CAA Artist Award for Distinguished Body of Work, a John S. Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship Award in 2004, the Anonymous Was a Woman Artist Award and the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2010, as well as several New York Foundation for the Arts awards.
Shechet’s work is in many distinguished public and private collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, the National Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum, and the CCS Bard Hessel Museum.