Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 5pm
Grace Street Theater
934 W. Grace Street
This lecture is cosponsored by the VCUarts Anderson Gallery and the VCU department of Craft/Material Studies
New York-based sculptor Arlene Shechet’s improvisational approach to clay yields a stunning array of painterly effects, tactile surfaces, and paradoxical forms, at once comically awkward and elegantly poised. With their cartoonish demeanor and bodily references, her sculptures evoke a family of characters, suggestive of both the imperfections and possibilities implicit in the human condition. Shechet is the subject of much recent critical acclaim, including the cover story of Art in America in January 2012 and New York Magazine’s Top Ten Art Shows of 2010 by Jerry Saltz. Among her numerous awards and grants are a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Art, the Anonymous Was A Woman Individual Artist Award, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. She has exhibited widely and is represented in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Walker Art Center, among other institutions.
The exhibition Arlene Shechet: That Time is on view at the VCUarts Anderson Gallery through December 9, 2012.