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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.

Gagosian Quarterly Summer 2019

Now available
Gagosian Quarterly Summer 2019

The Summer 2019 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring a detail from Afrylic by Ellen Gallagher on its cover.

Edmund de Waal: psalm

Edmund de Waal: psalm

The artist speaks about his two-part exhibition psalm, on view in Venice. He describes its connection to the history of the city and to notions of exile, and the profound cultural wealth that comes from migration.

Edmund de Waal and Simon Fisher Turner: Tapping the World

In Conversation
Edmund de Waal and Simon Fisher Turner: Tapping the World

Edmund de Waal speaks with the composer Simon Fisher Turner about their collaboration on the exhibition –one way or other– at the Schindler House in West Hollywood, California.

the poems of our climate

the poems of our climate

Edmund de Waal reflects on memory, sound, and the presence of poetry in a new body of work on view at Gagosian, San Francisco.

–one way or other–

–one way or other–

Edmund de Waal discusses his exhibition one way or other at the Schindler House in West Hollywood, CA.

Edmund de Waal: white island

Edmund de Waal: white island

Edmund de Waal considers Ibiza, Walter Benjamin, and the “aura of things” in a text entitled white island, written to accompany his first exhibition in Spain at the Museu d’Art Contemporani d’Eivissa, Ibiza.

Witness

Witness

A text by Edmund de Waal touches on the inspiration he finds in the work of Giorgio Morandi.

Edmund de Waal at Frieze London

Edmund de Waal at Frieze London

In this video the artist walks us through his installation at Frieze London, speaking of how this new body of work reflects memories and recollections.

Sally Mann: Remembered Light

Sally Mann: Remembered Light

Edmund de Waal and Sally Mann discuss Cy Twombly’s relationship to photography, Mann’s pervasive interest in the American South, and the context behind her newest body of work.

Fairs, Events & Announcements

Gagosian’s presentation at the FT Weekend Festival 2018

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FT Weekend Festival 2019

Saturday, September 7, 2019, 10am–8pm
Kenwood House, London
www.ftweekendfestival.com

Gagosian is partnering to host the Arts Stage at this year’s FT Weekend Festival in London, a one-day event where leading experts and commentators discuss arts, music, literature, food, business, and technology. Recent Gagosian Quarterly films will be screened between sessions on the stage throughout the day, while Gagosian publications will also be presented.

As part of the program, Edmund de Waal will be in conversation with Lucia van der Post on the poetry of pots. Other speakers include Skye Gyngell, Neil MacGregor, Edna O’Brien, Vanessa Redgrave, and Simon Schama. To attend the event, purchase tickets at www.ftweekendfestival.com.

Gagosian’s presentation at the FT Weekend Festival 2018

Zeng Fanzhi, Rooster, 2019 © 2019 Zeng Fanzhi

Art Fair

Art Basel Hong Kong 2019

March 29–31, 2019, booth 1C18
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
www.artbasel.com

Gagosian is pleased to participate in Art Basel Hong Kong 2019, with works by Georg Baselitz, Edmund de Waal, Urs Fischer, Katharina Grosse, Andreas Gursky, Duane Hanson, Damien Hirst, Thomas Houseago, Yayoi Kusama, René Magritte, Giorgio Morandi, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, Nam June Paik, Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, Rachel Whiteread, Jonas Wood, Christopher Wool, Zao Wou-Ki, Zeng Fanzhi, and 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 artbasel.com.

Download the full press release in English, Simplified Chinese, or Traditional Chinese

Zeng Fanzhi, Rooster, 2019 © 2019 Zeng Fanzhi

Adriana Varejão, Pearl Song, 2018 © Adriana Varejão

Art Fair

FOG Design+Art 2018

January 17–20, 2019, booth 309
Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, San Francisco
fogfair.com

Gagosian is pleased to participate in FOG Design+Art 2019, with modern and contemporary artworks by Joe Bradley, Edmund de Waal, Helen Frankenthaler, Katharina Grosse, Mark Grotjahn, Damien Hirst, Marc Newson, Giuseppe Penone, Nancy Rubins, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Adriana Varejão, Mary Weatherford, Rachel Whiteread, Jonas Wood, Richard Wright, and 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 fogfair.com. To preview our booth, go to artsy.net.

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Adriana Varejão, Pearl Song, 2018 © Adriana Varejão

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Museum Exhibitions

Edmund de Waal, tehillim, 2019 (detail) © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Mike Bruce

On View

Edmund de Waal
psalm

Through September 29, 2019
Museo Ebraico and Ateneo Veneto, Venice
www.edmunddewaal.com

Edmund de Waal: psalm is a two-part exhibition in Venice. The first part takes place at the Scuola Canton, a sixteenth-century synagogue under the aegis of Museo Ebraico, and includes new installations of porcelain, marble, and gold that reflect the literary and musical heritage of the place. The second part is at the Ateneo Veneto, where Edmund de Waal has constructed a small library within the main space that houses two thousand books written by exiled authors from Ovid’s time to the present day.

Edmund de Waal, tehillim, 2019 (detail) © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Mike Bruce

Front: Edmund de Waal, that pause of space, 2019 © Edmund de Waal. Back: Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Comtesse d’Haussonville, 1845. Photo: Christopher Burke

On View

Elective Affinities
Edmund de Waal at the Frick Collection

Through November 17, 2019
Frick Collection, New York
www.frick.org

The Frick Collection presents an installation of Edmund de Waal’s site-specific works made of porcelain, steel, gold, marble, and glass that are displayed alongside works from the permanent collection.

Front: Edmund de Waal, that pause of space, 2019 © Edmund de Waal. Back: Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Comtesse d’Haussonville, 1845. Photo: Christopher Burke

Edmund de Waal, your name, 2018 (detail) © Edmund de Waal

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Edmund de Waal
breath

February 20–May 11, 2019
Ivorypress, Madrid
www.ivorypress.com

Breath is an invitation for Edmund de Waal to work across Ivorypress’s three different spaces: the publishing house, the exhibition space, and the bookshop. At the heart of this project is an artist’s book, published by Ivorypress. To accompany the volume, de Waal has made a series of seventeen new works; alongside these is a reading room, housing a selection of one hundred books, inviting visitors to sit down and read.

Edmund de Waal, your name, 2018 (detail) © Edmund de Waal

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

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Edmund de Waal
–one way or other–

September 15, 2018–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

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