Arlene Shechet

Arlene Shechet is a sculptor known for her effortless combination of disparate elements, precarious and provisional arrangements, and boundary-collapsing visual paradoxes. Her work is exhibited internationally in over forty distinguished public collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Centre Pompidou, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. A major twenty-year survey of Shechet’s work, All at Once (2015), was presented at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and a large-scale public project, Full Steam Ahead (2018), was installed in Madison Square Park in New York. In 2023 she was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. This follows many other awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and the CAA Artist Award for Distinguished Body of Work (2016). She is currently working on a large exhibition for Storm King Art Center, New York.

The sculptor talks about her studio in Kingston, Hudson Valley, USA, and her fascination with the unknowable history of familiar objects

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