Lynda Benglis and Arlene Shechet

Aug 18 – Aug 28, 2022
East Hampton
Exhibition Details:

Lynda Benglis
Arlene Shechet
Aug 18 – 28, 2022


68 Park Place
East Hampton


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1. Lynda Benglis, Hooker, 2022 © Lynda Benglis / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York;
2. Arlene Shechet, Deep Blooze: Identify #13, 2004 © Arlene Shechet

Pace is pleased to present an exhibition of works by Lynda Benglis and Arlene Shechet.

This two-person presentation will situate recent bronze sculptures by Benglis in conversation with cast paper drawings by Shechet, conjuring new exchanges among the artists’ works.

Benglis’s three bronze sculptures in the exhibition belong to a lexicon of sculptural forms that the artist has been developing, refining, and reworking over the course of her career. These works began as small ceramic sculptures that Benglis refers to as “Elephant Necklaces.” The artist transposes her formal experimentations with clay into her undulating, luminous, and reflective bronze sculptures that register the presence and pressure of her fingers at the moment of contact with the original material. Domestically scaled, these bronze works evoke waves, eddies, and whorls frozen in time, building on the visual motifs from Benglis’s 2021 solo exhibition with Pace in New York. Concurrently with this show at Pace in East Hampton, Benglis is presenting a major solo exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, on view through September 18.

Shechet will present ten cast paper drawings made from abaca—a natural leaf fiber—in the East Hampton exhibition. Made at Dieu Donne Papermill in New York, the unique drawings in the show date between 1997 and 2004, and they have been rendered in two different sizes: 18” x 18” and 24” x 24”. Exploring Buddhist notions of impermanence as both a subject and a model for her process, Shechet has incorporated Buddhist iconography into these works. Creating stencils and templates to render Buddhist stupas as flat architectural plans, the artist applies pigmented paper pulp using the pochoir technique to draw out and capture the layered images. Color bleeds in unpredictable flurries in the resulting compositions, through which Shechet aims to deconstruct three-dimensional stupas by translating their floor plans back into the two-dimensional mandala symbol that informed their architectural layouts. The artist’s solo exhibition at T Space in Rhinebeck, New York, continues through August 28.


Featured Works

Lynda Benglis, B-Witched, 2022, Everdur bronze (golden), 35-3/4" × 19" × 16-1/2" (90.8 cm × 48.3 cm × 41.9 cm)
Lynda Benglis, Hooker, 2022, White Tombasil bronze, 23-1/4" × 19-1/2" × 23-1/2" (59.1 cm × 49.5 cm × 59.7 cm)
Arlene Shechet, Mind Field: Foaming Tracks #24, 1997, Cast paper drawings made from abaca, 24" × 24" (61 cm × 61 cm)
Arlene Shechet, Deep Blooze: Identify #13, 2004, Cast paper drawings made from abaca, 18" × 18" (45.7 cm × 45.7 cm)
Arlene Shechet, Deep Blooze: Destination, 2004, Cast paper drawings made from abaca, 18" × 18" (45.7 cm × 45.7 cm)
Arlene Shechet, Deep Blooze: Bright Spot, 2004, Cast paper drawings made from abaca, 18" × 18" (45.7 cm × 45.7 cm)

About the Artists


Lynda Benglis

Since the 1960s, Lynda Benglis has been celebrated for her free, ecstatic forms, which are simultaneously playful and visceral, organic and, abstract. The embrace of flowing forms, color, and sensual surfaces plays a large part in Benglis’s continuous investigation of the proprioceptive, sensory experiences of making and viewing her sculptures.

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Arlene Shechet

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.

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