Magazine article Sculpture

The Phillips Collection

Magazine article Sculpture

The Phillips Collection

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Washington, DC

Arlene Shechet

Through May 7, 2017

Shechet's off-kilter glazed ceramic sculptures hang in a balance between stable and unstable, teetering between the restraint of intellect and the insistence of instinct. Changing from every perspective and vantage point, these works encourage circumambulation, and their references are just as varied, often drawing on Buddhist iconography for inspiration. Her new exhibition, "From Here On Now," installed in conjunction with works in the Phillips Collection, is both a poetic beckoning and a description of the literal, calling attention to the present and serving as a reminder that the future is an abstraction.

A second show, installed at the Frick Collection in New York through April 2, 2017, features a different body of work. During a residency at the renowned Meissen Manufactory, Shechet worked alongside master artisans, learning their techniques, using their tools, and observing longheld traditions. …

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