Lectures & Events
Shechet works with a fondness for process and material qualities; things do not disguise themselves, there are no pretensions: clay forms behave as clay forms, glazes look like glazes, wood looks like wood and steel doesn’t pretend to be anything but steel. But on a different level, the artist works at making sure that the forms offered are indefinable, unknowable open questions and mysteries. - Bruce Thorn
Arlene Shechet’s craggy sculptures might not seem an ideal fit for the Phillips Collection, known for its sunny Renoir and serene Rothkos. The New York artist’s creations are whimsical and wildly asymmetrical, a riot of shapes and textures. Squares, circles and tubelike projections stud the somewhat organic forms, and assure that the pieces appear different from every possible vantage. - Mark Jenkins
When I saw this pristine exhibition, I immediately wanted to write about it, but about five seconds later I realized that there was almost no way to write about such smartly executed and potent sculptures without lapsing into babbling nonsense. - Benjamin Sutton
Here, Shechet continues to transcend the materiality and conventions that have characterized and burdened ceramics for so long. There is little reason to think she will not accomplish the same with wood. - Chris Murtha
Using these off-kilter constituent parts, Ms. Shechet has constructed what amount to 18 diagrams of cognitive dissonance — or of just how complicated the world is. - Will Heinrich
Sculptor Arlene Shechet sits down with host Will Corwin to discuss the wide range of her current exhibitions: Porcelain, No Simple Matter, on view through April 4, 2017, at The Frick Collection, Turn Up the Bass at Sikkema Jenkins & Co, and From Here On Now at Phillips Collection in Washington DC, through May 7, 2017.