Arlene Shechet, I Saw the 18th Century, 2016, glazed ceramic, painted and carved hardwood, steel, 69-1/2" × 19-1/2" × 19-1/2" (176.5 cm × 49.5 cm × 49.5 cm) © Arlene Shechet

Arlene Shechet


b. 1951, New York, New York



Arlene Shechet is a multidisciplinary sculptor living and working in New York City and the Hudson Valley.

A major, critically acclaimed survey of her work, All At Once, which the New York Times called “some of the most imaginative American sculpture of the past 20 years, and some of the most radically personal,” was on view at The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, in 2015 with an accompanying monograph. Shechet’s work also includes historical museum installations. Porcelain, No Simple Matter: Arlene Shechet and the Arnhold Collection was on view at The Frick Collection, New York (2016); and From Here On Now at The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., (2016). The artist’s ambitious large-scale public project, that included monumental porcelain and mixed-media sculptures, opened in September 2018 at Madison Square Park in New York.  

Shechet was featured in PBS’s Art 21 (2014) as well as in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s The Artist Project (2016). She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a John S. Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship Award (2004), the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant (2010), and the 2016 CAA Artist Award for Distinguished Body of Work.

Shechet’s work is held in many distinguished public collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, New York; CCS Bard Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; The Jewish Museum, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others.


Arlene Shechet, A Night Out, 2011, glazed ceramic, painted hardwood, and cast concrete, 57" × 21-1/2" × 16-1/2" (144.8 cm × 54.6 cm × 41.9 cm), installed, 23" × 13" × 16-1/2" (58.4 cm × 33 cm × 41.9 cm), sculpture, 41-1/4" × 16-1/2" × 14-1/2" (104.8 cm × 41.9 cm × 36.8 cm), base. Collection of Whitney Museum of American Art © Arlene Shechet


Arlene Shechet, Time Before Time, 2019, White oak, steel and glazed ceramic on metal wheels, 58" × 19" × 19" (147.3 cm × 48.3 cm × 48.3 cm) © Arlene Shechet