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Edmund de Waal

the poems of our climate

September 20–December 8, 2018
San Francisco

Installation view Artwork © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view

Artwork © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view Artwork © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view

Artwork © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view Artwork © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view

Artwork © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view Artwork © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view

Artwork © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view Artwork © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view

Artwork © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view Artwork © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view

Artwork © Edmund de Waal. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Works Exhibited

Edmund de Waal, a different breath, 2018 27 porcelain vessels and 17 porcelain tiles with platinum and silver gilding in 5 aluminum and glass vitrines, 107 ⅛ × 37 × 4 ¾ inches (271.9 × 94 × 12.1 cm)© Edmund de Waal. Photo: Mike Bruce

Edmund de Waal, a different breath, 2018

27 porcelain vessels and 17 porcelain tiles with platinum and silver gilding in 5 aluminum and glass vitrines, 107 ⅛ × 37 × 4 ¾ inches (271.9 × 94 × 12.1 cm)
© Edmund de Waal. Photo: Mike Bruce

Edmund de Waal, a word, VI, 2018 4 porcelain vessels, 2 porcelain tiles with silver gilding, and 2 steel boxes in a pair of aluminum and plexiglass vitrines, 11 × 22 ½ × 4 inches (27.9 × 57 × 10 cm)© Edmund de Waal. Photo: Mike Bruce

Edmund de Waal, a word, VI, 2018

4 porcelain vessels, 2 porcelain tiles with silver gilding, and 2 steel boxes in a pair of aluminum and plexiglass vitrines, 11 × 22 ½ × 4 inches (27.9 × 57 × 10 cm)
© Edmund de Waal. Photo: Mike Bruce

About

I’m trying to come closer to what it feels like to remember a poem, to carry it with you through the decades, a phrase or an image coming into your life and making the world feel denser with possibility.
—Edmund de Waal

Gagosian is pleased to present new works by Edmund de Waal.

In his visual art and his literary works de Waal uses objects—of his own creation as well as found artifacts—as vehicles for narrative, emotion, and history. His installations of porcelain vessels contained in minimalist structures reveal the ways in which simple forms act as repositories of human experience.

De Waal’s lifelong fascination with porcelain, or “white gold,” is deeply entwined with his poetic imagination. Arranged in groups and varying in size and color, his porcelain vessels recall the serial repetitions, lines, and spaces of Donald Judd or Walter De Maria. Yet, drawing on his in-depth study of and engagement with porcelain traditions, de Waal’s works bear the intricate traces of his labor and the objects’ creation, their arrangements variously evoking musical rhythms or the sense of intimate order of a porcelain cabinet.

On view for the first time, the new works in the poems of our climate bring poetry and porcelain vessels together in both physical and conceptual proximity. The cylindrical forms are arranged at intervals, forming topographies that resemble lines on a page or music in a score. Made in black or white, some vitrines recall Kazimir Malevich’s Black Square (1915), in which the pictorial representation of reality was abandoned for pure abstract form. De Waal’s dimensional vitrines, however, become subject to ambient illumination as shadows and reflections are thrown by the objects within them.

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