Porcelain, No Simple Matter: Arlene Shechet and the Arnhold Collection

Exhibition Dates:

May 24, 2016, through April 2, 2017

procelian sculpture with multi colored pieces and patterns on top of each other

The Frick presents a year-long exhibition exploring the complex history of making, collecting, and displaying porcelain. Included are about 100 pieces produced by the renowned Royal Meissen manufactory, which led the ceramic industry in Europe, both scientifically and artistically, during the early to mid-eighteenth century. Most of the works date from 1720 to 1745 and were selected by New York−based sculptor Arlene Shechet from the promised gift of Henry H. Arnhold. Sixteen works in the exhibition are Shechet’s own sculptures—exuberant porcelain she made during a series of residencies at the Meissen manufactory in 2012 and 2013. 

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