New York

Arlene Shechet


Feb 28–Apr 25, 2020

Rich in idiosyncrasies, Arlene Shechet’s latest works combine disparate mediums, from ceramics to wood and metalwork, with playfully ambiguous titles that prompt endless associations.

Exhibition Details

Arlene Shechet
Feb 28 – Apr 25, 2020

Opening Reception
Feb 27, 2020
6 – 8 PM

540 West 25th Street
Second Floor
New York

Above: Arlene Shechet, In my view, 2020, glazed ceramic, wood, paint, 58” × 26” × 20” © Arlene Shechet, Photography by Jeremy Liebman

Pace Gallery is pleased to present Skirts, its first solo exhibition of works by Arlene Shechet, from February 28 through April 25. Running concurrently with the Whitney Museum’s exhibition Making Knowing, which also features works by Shechet, Skirts brings together more than a dozen of the artist’s most recent sculptures, including large-scale works and a monumental outdoor piece to be displayed on the second-floor galleries and terrace of Pace’s new flagship building at 540 West 25th street.

Rich in idiosyncrasies, Shechet’s latest pieces combine disparate mediums, from ceramics to wood and metalwork, with playfully ambiguous titles that prompt endless associations. Utilizing a title that is both a noun and a verb, Skirts is a testament to the artist’s fluid and unformulaic process. Though her works appear effortless and forgiving of imperfections, they are the belabored products of an intuitive and technically fastidious approach, involving casting, painting, firing, carving, stacking, undoing and redoing with no predetermined endpoint. Her expansive approach to sculpture and materials is reminiscent of artists Shechet admires, such as Sophie Taeuber-Arp and Sonia Delaunay, whose work transcends the divisions of painting and sculpture and encompassed innovative multimedia practices, distinguishing their work from that of their male peers. Shechet’s title, Skirts, also reclaims misogynist slang. As if to counter this term’s reduction of women to passive things, Shechet’s unruly, polymorphous sculptures suggest that objects themselves are active and subversive.


Arlene Shechet

Arlene Shechet is a multidisciplinary sculptor living and working in New York City and the Hudson Valley. Her work is held in many distinguished public collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, New York; CCS Bard Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; The Centre Pompidou, Paris; 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.

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New York — Arlene Shechet, Skirts, Feb 28–Apr 25, 2020