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Arlene Shechet: “Couple of” at ‘T’ Space Rhinebeck
August 7 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pmBy donation
‘T’ Space is pleased to present “Couple of”, an exhibition of new works by Arlene Shechet. Following Shechet’s recent solo presentations in Hong Kong and LA, the exhibition provides a rare opportunity to experience Shechet’s works in the Hudson Valley where the artist lives and works. The installation consists of five sculptures, each executed in a different material: carved wood with steel, cast iron, and glazed ceramic. Together, the works reveal the breadth of Shechet’s practice and her mastery of diverse mediums.
“Couple of” is rooted in the concept of couplets: the formal balance of symmetry, partnership, and the artist-artwork dyad are explored in sculptural language through schisms, junctures and mirroring. Poet Maggie Millner writes in the exhibition brochure:
“The fraught space separating any two forms is a place ripe for artmaking: a zone defined by multiplicity and betweenness where the individual ego might begin to yield to something else.”
Arlene Shechet is a multidisciplinary sculptor living and working in the Hudson Valley. Her work was the subject of a critically acclaimed survey at The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston: All At Once (2015), 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. Other major presentations include Porcelain, No Simple Matter: Arlene Shechet and the Arnhold Collection (2016) at The Frick Collection and From Here On Now (2016) at The Phillips Collection.
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.