Events & Exhibitions
Outdoor sculpture installation, Ghent, NY
on view May 2019
Special commission for the permanent collection of the Jewish Museum, NYC
on view Jan 21, 2018
New book of Arlene Shechet’s public installation, FULL STEAM AHEAD, at Madison Square Park. With essays by scholars Carter Foster and Lilian Tone, and MSPC Curator Brooke Kamin-Rapaport.
Shechet's work is as physically immediate as it is art historically resonant. She parses sculptural conventions of finish and presentation, often staging charged conversations between an object and the structural base supporting it.
Though her sculptures display a subtle wit, the defining characteristic of her work is more of a solemn exploration into the essence of her materials, inviting contemplation instead of a laugh.
Shechet’s playful works embody gestures and jesters. To get a full view, one has to encircle the sculptures and twist, bend, or turn to discover all the details. There are cut-outs, glazes, and joinings that can only be discovered while standing at certain angles, and the perspective shifts dramatically based on the viewer’s position.
I realize that mid-December in New York is a shivery time and not ideal for contemplating sailing or outdoor sculpture. But Arlene Shechet has made those subjects newly topical in her brilliant maritime-themed installation…
Splinters were flying onto the floor recently as the artist Arlene Shechet wielded a tool with a whirring blade called an angle grinder. She was carving a massive block of wood that was slowly turning into a sculpture of a woman for her art installation “Full Steam Ahead,” in Manhattan’s Madison Square Park.
Pace Gallery is pleased to announce its representation of sculptor Arlene Shechet. Her first exhibition with Pace is currently anticipated for spring 2019 in Chelsea.
Susan Unterberg speaks with Arlene Shechet and Amy Sherald, both recipients of the Anonymous Was a Woman grant.