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Edmund de Waal

Installation view, Edmund de Waal / Giorgio Morandi, Artipelag, Gustavsberg, Sweden, 2017 Artwork © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Jean Baptiste Berange

Installation view, Edmund de Waal / Giorgio Morandi, Artipelag, Gustavsberg, Sweden, 2017

Artwork © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Jean Baptiste Berange

Edmund de Waal, the ten thousand things, for John Cage, XX, 2015 3 porcelain vessels and Cor-Ten steel block in aluminum box, 17 11/16 × 17 11/16 × 7 ½ inches (45 × 45 × 19 cm)© Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal, the ten thousand things, for John Cage, XX, 2015

3 porcelain vessels and Cor-Ten steel block in aluminum box, 17 11/16 × 17 11/16 × 7 ½ inches (45 × 45 × 19 cm)
© Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal, breathturn I, 2013 476 porcelain vessels in aluminium and plexiglass cabinet, 90 ⅜ × 118 ⅛ × 3 15/16 inches (229.6 × 300 × 10 cm)© Edmund de Waal, photo by Mike Bruce

Edmund de Waal, breathturn I, 2013

476 porcelain vessels in aluminium and plexiglass cabinet, 90 ⅜ × 118 ⅛ × 3 15/16 inches (229.6 × 300 × 10 cm)
© Edmund de Waal, photo by Mike Bruce

Edmund de Waal, no ideas but in things, 2013 24 porcelain vessels in an aluminum shelf, 4 ⅛ × 98 7/16 × 5 ⅛ inches (10.5 × 250 × 13 cm)© Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal, no ideas but in things, 2013

24 porcelain vessels in an aluminum shelf, 4 ⅛ × 98 7/16 × 5 ⅛ inches (10.5 × 250 × 13 cm)
© Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal, no ideas but in things, 2013 (detail) 24 porcelain vessels in an aluminum shelf, 4 ⅛ × 98 7/16 × 5 ⅛ inches (10.5 × 250 × 13 cm)© Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal, no ideas but in things, 2013 (detail)

24 porcelain vessels in an aluminum shelf, 4 ⅛ × 98 7/16 × 5 ⅛ inches (10.5 × 250 × 13 cm)
© Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal, no speaking is left in me, 2013 14 porcelain vessels on an aluminum girder, 12 3/16 × 39 ⅜ × 9 9/16 inches (31 × 100 × 24.3 cm)© Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal, no speaking is left in me, 2013

14 porcelain vessels on an aluminum girder, 12 3/16 × 39 ⅜ × 9 9/16 inches (31 × 100 × 24.3 cm)
© Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal, no speaking is left in me, 2013 (detail) 14 porcelain vessels on an aluminum girder, 12 3/16 × 39 ⅜ × 9 9/16 inches (31 × 100 × 24.3 cm)© Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal, no speaking is left in me, 2013 (detail)

14 porcelain vessels on an aluminum girder, 12 3/16 × 39 ⅜ × 9 9/16 inches (31 × 100 × 24.3 cm)
© Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal, the first day and the first hour, 2013 26 porcelain vessels in 7 wood, aluminum, and glass vitrines, 15 ¾ × 66 ⅝ × 6 11/16 inches (40 × 169.2 × 17 cm)© Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal, the first day and the first hour, 2013

26 porcelain vessels in 7 wood, aluminum, and glass vitrines, 15 ¾ × 66 ⅝ × 6 11/16 inches (40 × 169.2 × 17 cm)
© Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal, the first day and the first hour, 2013 (detail) 26 porcelain vessels in 7 wood, aluminum, and glass vitrines, 15 ¾ × 66 ⅝ × 6 11/16 inches (40 × 169.2 × 17 cm)© Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal, the first day and the first hour, 2013 (detail)

26 porcelain vessels in 7 wood, aluminum, and glass vitrines, 15 ¾ × 66 ⅝ × 6 11/16 inches (40 × 169.2 × 17 cm)
© Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal, Eisenach, 2013 36 porcelain vessels in 12 wood, aluminum, and glass vitrines, 15 ¾ × 171 ⅝ × 6 11/16 inches (40 × 436 × 17 cm)© Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal, Eisenach, 2013

36 porcelain vessels in 12 wood, aluminum, and glass vitrines, 15 ¾ × 171 ⅝ × 6 11/16 inches (40 × 436 × 17 cm)
© Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal, Eisenach, 2013 (detail) 36 porcelain vessels in 12 wood, aluminum, and glass vitrines, 15 ¾ × 171 ⅝ × 6 11/16 inches (40 × 436 × 17 cm)© Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal, Eisenach, 2013 (detail)

36 porcelain vessels in 12 wood, aluminum, and glass vitrines, 15 ¾ × 171 ⅝ × 6 11/16 inches (40 × 436 × 17 cm)
© Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal, tacet, 2013 42 porcelain vessels on 9 aluminum shelves, 46 ⅞ × 11 13/16 × 4 ¾ inches (119.1 × 30 × 12.1 cm)© Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal, tacet, 2013

42 porcelain vessels on 9 aluminum shelves, 46 ⅞ × 11 13/16 × 4 ¾ inches (119.1 × 30 × 12.1 cm)
© Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal, tacet, 2013 (detail) 42 porcelain vessels on 9 aluminum shelves, 46 ⅞ × 11 13/16 × 4 ¾ inches (119.1 × 30 × 12.1 cm)© Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal, tacet, 2013 (detail)

42 porcelain vessels on 9 aluminum shelves, 46 ⅞ × 11 13/16 × 4 ¾ inches (119.1 × 30 × 12.1 cm)
© Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal, thirteen, 2013 26 porcelain vessels on 13 aluminum brackets, Each: 6 × 3 × 3 inches (15.5 × 8 × 8 cm)© Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal, thirteen, 2013

26 porcelain vessels on 13 aluminum brackets, Each: 6 × 3 × 3 inches (15.5 × 8 × 8 cm)
© Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal, there is a land called Lost, 2013 52 porcelain vessels in 3 wood, aluminum, and plexiglass vitrines, Each: 13 ¾ × 51 ¼ × 10 ¼ inches (35 × 130 × 25.5 cm)© Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal, there is a land called Lost, 2013

52 porcelain vessels in 3 wood, aluminum, and plexiglass vitrines, Each: 13 ¾ × 51 ¼ × 10 ¼ inches (35 × 130 × 25.5 cm)
© Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal, I am their music, 2013 39 porcelain vessels in 2 aluminum girders, Left: 12 ¼ × 118 ½ × 10 inches (31 × 301 × 25 cm), Right: 12 ¼ × 157 ½ × 10 inches (31 × 400 × 25 cm)© Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal, I am their music, 2013

39 porcelain vessels in 2 aluminum girders, Left: 12 ¼ × 118 ½ × 10 inches (31 × 301 × 25 cm), Right: 12 ¼ × 157 ½ × 10 inches (31 × 400 × 25 cm)
© Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal, epyllion, 2013 55 porcelain vessels in 3 aluminium and plexiglass vitrines, Each: 74 × 82 ¾ × 4 ¾ inches (188 × 210 × 12 cm), Overall: 74 × 250 ½ × 4 ¾ inches (188 × 636 × 12 cm)© Edmund de Waal, photo by Mike Bruce

Edmund de Waal, epyllion, 2013

55 porcelain vessels in 3 aluminium and plexiglass vitrines, Each: 74 × 82 ¾ × 4 ¾ inches (188 × 210 × 12 cm), Overall: 74 × 250 ½ × 4 ¾ inches (188 × 636 × 12 cm)
© Edmund de Waal, photo by Mike Bruce

Edmund de Waal, Kamen, 2012 Thrown cream and celadon glazed porcelain dishes in five wall cabinets, 5 cabinets: 11 × 70 ⅞ × 5 ½ inches each (28 × 180 × 14 cm)© Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal, Kamen, 2012

Thrown cream and celadon glazed porcelain dishes in five wall cabinets, 5 cabinets: 11 × 70 ⅞ × 5 ½ inches each (28 × 180 × 14 cm)
© Edmund de Waal

About

Edmund de Waal’s art and literature speak to his enduring fascination with the nature of objects and the narratives of their collection and display. A potter since childhood and an acclaimed writer, de Waal has a long-held obsession with porcelain, or “white gold.” This fascination has led to encounters with many people and places that have helped deepen his understanding of the nature of the material. De Waal is best known for his large-scale installations of porcelain vessels, which have been exhibited in many museums around the world. Much of his recent work has been concerned with ideas of collecting and collections, and how objects are kept together, lost, stolen, and dispersed. His work comes out of a dialogue between Minimalism, architecture, and sound and is informed by his passion for literature.

De Waal was born in 1964 in Nottingham, England. He received a BA Honors in English literature in 1983 from the University of Cambridge, England, and a postgraduate diploma in Japanese language in 1992 from the University of Sheffield, England. De Waal was a senior research fellow in ceramics at the University of Westminster, London, in 2002. Recent solo museum exhibitions include Ceramic Rooms, Geffrye Museum, London (2001); New Art Centre, Roche Court, England (2004); Arcanum, National Museum Cardiff, Wales (2005); Vessel, perhaps, Millgate Museum, Newark, England (2006); Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge, and Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, England (2007); Signs and Wonders, Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2009); Night Work, New Art Centre, Roche Court, England (2010); Waddesdon Manor, England (2012); On White: Porcelain Stories from the Fitzwilliam, Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, England (2013); Another Hour, Southwark Cathedral, London (2014); Atmosphere, Turner Contemporary, Margate, England (2014); Lichtzwang, Theseus Temple, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (2014); The lost and the found: work from Orkney, New Art Centre, Roche Court, England (2015); and white: a project by Edmund de Waal, Royal Academy of Arts, London. His work has been shown and collected by museums throughout the world, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt; National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh; and Victoria and Albert Museum, London. In 2016 de Waal curated During the Night at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

De Waal’s acclaimed memoir The Hare with Amber Eyes was the winner of the Costa Biography Award and the RSL Ondaatje Prize. In 2015 de Waal was awarded the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize for nonfiction by Yale University. His latest book, The White Road: Journey into an Obsession, was published in November 2015.

De Waal lives and works in London.

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Fairs, Events & Announcements

Ed Ruscha, Even Though He’s Light Years Away, His Heart Belongs to Me, 1963 © Ed Ruscha

Art Fair

Seattle Art Fair

August 2–5, 2018, booth A09
CenturyLink Field Event Center, Seattle
www.seattleartfair.com

Gagosian is pleased to present Out of This World: Artists Explore Space, a booth curated by Larry Gagosian for the 2018 Seattle Art Fair. The presentation gathers works that reveal artistic and scientific explorations of the cosmos. Featured artists include Richard Avedon, Andisheh Avini, Chris Burden, Alexander Calder, Vija Celmins, Ellen Gallagher, Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, Neil Jenney, Mike Kelley, Yves Klein, Vera Lutter, Brice Marden, Marc Newson, Nam June Paik, Thomas Ruff, Ed Ruscha, Tom Sachs, Taryn Simon, Yves Tanguy, and Andy Warhol, among others.

To receive a PDF with detailed information on the works, please contact the gallery at inquire@gagosian.com. To attend the fair, purchase tickets at seattleartfair.com.

Ed Ruscha, Even Though He’s Light Years Away, His Heart Belongs to Me, 1963 © Ed Ruscha

Sterling Ruby, Heart (6634), 2018 © Sterling Ruby Studio. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Art Fair

Artmonte-Carlo

April 28–29, 2018, booth B8
Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
www.artmontecarlo.ch

Gagosian is pleased to participate in Artmonte-Carlo 2018, presenting a selection of works by artists including Richard Artschwager, Davide Balula, Glenn Brown, Michael Craig-Martin, Edmund de Waal, Damien Hirst, Peter Lindbergh, Takashi Murakami & Virgil Abloh, Sterling Ruby, and Taryn Simon. To receive a PDF with detailed information on the works, please contact the gallery at inquire@gagosian.com. To preview our booth go to www.artsy.net. To purchase tickets to attend the fair go to www.artmontecarlo.ch.

Sterling Ruby, Heart (6634), 2018 © Sterling Ruby Studio. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Zeng Fanzhi, 8, 2018 © Zeng Fanzhi 2018

Art Fair

Art Basel Hong Kong

March 29–31, 2018, booth ICI8
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center
www.artbasel.com

Gagosian is pleased to participate in Art Basel Hong Kong. To view highlights from the booth in advance of the fair visit www.artsy.com. Our presentation will include works by Georg Baselitz, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Joe Bradley, Cecily Brown, Glenn Brown, Alexander Calder, John Currin, Willem de Kooning, Edmund De Waal, Jean Dubuffet, Urs Fischer, Lucio Fontana, Walton Ford, Katharina Grosse, Mark Grotjahn, Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, Jia Aili, Anish Kapoor, Yves Klein, Karen Kneffel, Jeff Koons, Harmony Korine, Roy Lichtenstein, Takashi Murakami, Takashi Murakami & Virgil Abloh, Albert Oehlen, Nam June Paik, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Jenny Saville, Richard Serra, Rudolf Stingel, Mark Tansey, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Jonas Wood, Christopher Wool, and Zeng Fanzhi. Tickets are available at www.artbasel.com.

Zeng Fanzhi, 8, 2018 © Zeng Fanzhi 2018

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Museum Exhibitions

Edmund de Waal, –one way or other–, 2018 (detail) © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Mike Bruce

On View

Edmund de Waal
–one way or other–

Through January 6, 2019
Schindler House, Los Angeles
makcenter.org

Edmund de Waal’s first architectural intervention in America is being held at the Schindler House: a landmark of West Coast modernism, built in 1922 in West Hollywood by Viennese émigré architect Rudolph Schindler. The exhibition includes recent works that respond directly to the materials and spaces of the house, and a sound piece conceived with the composer Simon Fisher Turner.

Edmund de Waal, –one way or other–, 2018 (detail) © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Mike Bruce

Edmund de Waal, white island, II, 2018 © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Mike Bruce

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Edmund de Waal
white island

June 8–September 16, 2018
Museu d’Art Contemporani d’Eivissa, Ibiza, Spain
www.eivissa.es

Edmund de Waal’s first exhibition in Spain will include existing works as well as new pieces that de Waal made with Ibiza, also known as “the White Island,” in mind.

Edmund de Waal, white island, II, 2018 © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view, Edmund de Waal/Giorgio Morandi, 2017. Artwork © Edmund de Waal. Photo by Jean-Baptiste Béranger

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Edmund de Waal
Giorgio Morandi

April 7–October 1, 2017
Artipelag, Gustavsberg, Sweden
artipelag.se

In this exhibition, contemporary British ceramicist and author Edmund de Waal meets renowned Italian painter Giorgio Morandi, whose oeuvre largely consists of sensual still-life paintings of pottery. However, it’s not ceramics that unites these two artists but rather the encouragement of mindful viewing and contemplation. Bo Nilsson has curated the exhibition in collaboration with de Waal.

Installation view, Edmund de Waal/Giorgio Morandi, 2017. Artwork © Edmund de Waal. Photo by Jean-Baptiste Béranger

Edmund de Waal, in C, 2015. Photo by Mike Bruce

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Lettres de Londres

January 20–April 15, 2017
Espace Muraille, Geneva
www.espacemuraille.com

A series of new works by Edmund de Waal, inspired by the writings of Voltaire.

Edmund de Waal, in C, 2015. Photo by Mike Bruce

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