Arlene Shechet
b. 1951
Biography
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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. In a review of the exhibition, Sebastian Smee of The Boston Globe wrote: “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.” 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, on view at The Frick Collection from May 2016 to April 2017, is 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 upcoming solo museum exhibition opens at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. in October 2016.
 
Monographs of Shechet’s work include Meissen Recast, a book that focuses on her porcelain work at the Meissen manufactory in Germany, published by Gregory Miller in 2015, and a catalogue for All at Once, published by Delmonico/Prestel in 2015.
 
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.
 
Exhibitions
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Turn Up the Bass
October 13 - November 12, 2016
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Slip
October 10 - November 16, 2013
Arlene Shechet, Arturo Herrera, Kay Rosen, Tony Feher
Group Exhibition
January 31 - March 2, 2013
Selected Press
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Artforum.com
July 5, 2015
Porcelain, No Simple Matter: Arlene Shechet and the Arnhold Collection at The Frick Collection selected as a "Must See" show.
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The New Yorker
June 27, 2016
Scott, Andrea K. "Earth Angel." Review of Porcelain, No Simple Matter: Arlene Shechet and the Arnhold
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Sculpture
June 2016
Rapaport, Brooke Kamin. "Arlene Shechet: Body-To-Body Experience."
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T Magazine
May 24, 2016
Dailey, Meghan. " Contemporary Ceramics, Up Against 18th-Century Pieces - Literally." Review of Porcelain, No Simple Matter: Arlene Shechet and the
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Brooklyn Rail
September 8, 2015
Arlene Shechet interviewed by Phong Bui
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New York Times
July 19, 2015
Cotter, Holland. "Flights of Fancy in Sculpture." Review of All at Once, ICA Boston
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ArtNEWS.com
July 14, 2015
Greenberger, Alex. " 'To Know More, Strangely, Adds Mystery': Arlene Shechet on Her Elusive Ceramics and Her ICA Boston Show."
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Boston Globe
June 18, 2015
Smee, Sebastian. "Sculptor Arlene Shechet evokes inner life in new ICA exhibition." Review of All at Once, ICA Boston
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Artsy
June 9, 2015
Sheets, Hilarie. "As the Art World Swoons over Playful Ceramics, Arlene Shechet Hits Her Stride." 
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Modern Painters
June 2015
Shechet, Arlene. "Arlene Shechet: The story behind an artwork in the artist's own words."
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New York Times
November 8, 2013
Smith, Roberta. "Arlene Shechet: Slip."
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Sculpture
June 2013
Ryan, Paul. "Arlene Shechet - Anderson Gallery." Review of That Time, VCU Anderson Gallery
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Artforum
February 2013
Benschop, Jurriaan. "Arlene Shechet - Nature Morte." Review of Breaking the Mold, Nature Morte, Berlin
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ArtNEWS
June 2012
Kley, Elisabeth. "Arlene Shechet - Dieu Donne." Review of Parallel Play, Dieu Donne
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Art in America
January 2012
Hirsch, Faye. "Buckle and Flow."
Publications
Arlene Shechet
Meissen Recast
2015
Texts by Dominic Molon, Maureen Cassidy-Geiger, and Elizabeth Williams Interview by Judith Tannenbaum Hardcover, 176 pages Published by Gregory R. Miller & Co.,
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All At Once
2015
Texts by Jenelle Porter, Debra Bricker Balken, David Levi-Strauss, Meredith Martin, Robert Thurman, and Peter Lamborn Wilson Interview by Janine Antoni Hardcover,
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Blow By Blow
2010
Text by Ian Berry Hardcover, 72 pages Published by Francis Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Sikdmore College, Saratoga Springs ISBN:
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News
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MetFridays: Artists on Artworks

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
MetFridays: Artists on Artworks—Arlene Shechet The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10028 June 17, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm Gallery 534 (Vélez Blanco Patio) See The Met collection through artists' eyes. read more