The Frick Collection is presenting a temporary installation of the work of sculptor Edmund de Waal, a rich juxtaposition of new site-specific 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 installations of porcelain vessels housed in minimal structures, often created in response to collections and archives or the history of a specific place. His approach is particularly suited to the setting of a museum like the Frick, and this project marks the first such installation done by the artist in the United States.
"Elective Affinities: Edmund de Waal At The Frick Collection"
The presentation, curated by Charlotte Vignon, the Fricks curator of Decorative Arts, is the latest in a series of collaborations with de Waal and the Frick Collection. He is a co-author, with Vignon, of an upcoming volume in the Frick Diptych series. The publication, which is out, focuses on a pair of porcelain candelabras with gilt-bronze mounts by Pierre Gouthière, the great French 18th-century chaser-gilder.
In 2013, in conjunction with the Frick Art Reference Librarys Center for the History of Collecting, de Waal lectured about his award-winning family memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes (2010). A fully illustrated catalogue featuring installation views and essays by Vignon and de Waal will be available later this spring. The special exhibit opened May 30 and will be up until Nov. 17.
The Frick Collection is located at 1 E. 70th St., New York, N.Y.
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