Elective Affinities: Edmund de Waal at The Frick Collection May 30 – November 17, 2019

“The Frick Collection presents a temporary installation of site- specific works by sculptor Edmund de Waal—a rich juxtaposition of nine objects displayed in the main galleries of the museum, alongside works from the permanent collection. Acclaimed as both an artist and writer, de Waal is known for his awarding-winning family memoir The Hare with Amber Eyes (2010), as well as installations of porcelain vessels housed in minimal structures, often created in response to collections and archives or the history of a specific place, such as Waddesdon Manor and Chatsworth House, both in England. His approach is particularly suited to the Frick, and this project marks the first such installation by the artist in the United States. The presentation, curated by Charlotte Vignon, the Frick’s Curator of Decorative Arts, is the latest in a series of collaborations with de Waal and The Frick Collection.” — The Frick Collection

Vignon comments, “I am deeply grateful to Edmund for conceiving such a beautiful and insightful presentation, one that embodies his profound understanding of art, architectural spaces, and the history of collecting. It is a wonderful culmination of his long and close relationship with the Frick.”

De Waal adds, “My hope is that people will understand that this installation is a result of a lifetime-long love affair with this collection, that it’s an attempt to be in real conversation with art, with spaces, with how light changes within a building, with how you move through spaces. If that works, I’m happy.”

Edmund de Waal (b.1964), that pause of space, 2019, porcelain, gold, alabaster, aluminum, and plexiglass, on view in the North Hall, 22 13/16 × 29 15/16 × 11 inches, © Edmund de Waal. Courtesy the artist and The Frick Collection; photo: Christopher Burke

Edmund de Waal (b.1964), from darkness to darkness, 2019, porcelain, steel, and plexiglass, on view in the West Gallery, 33 7/16 × 65 3/4 × 18 7/8 inches, © Edmund de Waal. Courtesy the artist and The Frick Collection; photo: Christopher Burke

Edmund de Waal (b.1964), on an archaic torso of Apollo, 2019, porcelain, steel, gold, alabaster, aluminum, and plexiglass, on view in the Fragonard Room, 22 7/16 × 17 5/16 × 11 13/16 inches, © Edmund de Waal. Courtesy the artist and The Frick Collection; photo: Christopher Burke

Edmund de Waal (b.1964), on living in an old country I (one of a set), 2019, porcelain, steel, gold, alabaster, aluminum, and plexiglass, on view in the Dining Room, 23 5/8 × 35 7/16 × 12 5/8 inches, © Edmund de Waal. Courtesy the artist and The Frick Collection; photo: Christopher Burke

Edmund de Waal (b.1964), an annunciation, 2019, porcelain, steel, gold, alabaster, aluminum, and plexiglass, on view in the Anteroom, 17 5/16 × 22 13/16 × 8 11/16 inches, © Edmund de Waal. Courtesy the artist and The Frick Collection; photo: Christopher Burke

Edmund de Waal (b.1964), an alchemy, 2019, porcelain, steel, gold, and plexiglass, on view in the Library, 18 1/8 × 21 5/8 × 16 9/16 inches, © Edmund de Waal. Courtesy the artist and The Frick Collection; photo: Christopher Burke

Edmund de Waal (b.1964), The Temptation of Christ on the Mountain, I, 2019, porcelain, steel, gold, alabaster, aluminum, and plexiglass, on view in the Enamels Room, 23 1/4 × 16 9/16 × 8 1/4 inches, © Edmund de Waal. Courtesy the artist and The Frick Collection; photo: Christopher Burke

Edmund de Waal (b.1964), sub silentio, porcelain, steel, and plexiglass, on view in the Living Hall, Two of: 24 × 4 3/4 × 4 3/4 inches, One of: 22 7/16 × 4 3/4 × 4 3/4 inches, Two of: 21 5/8 × 6 5/16 × 6 5/16 inches, © Edmund de Waal. Courtesy the artist and The Frick Collection; photo: Christopher Burke

Edmund de Waal (b.1964), steel light I-V, 2019, porcelain, steel, and gold, on view in the West Vestibule, 14 3/16 × 6 5/16 × 7 1/16 inches, © Edmund de Waal. Courtesy the artist and The Frick Collection; photo: Christopher Burke