Edmund de Waal.
Next year, The Frick Collection will present 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.
Comments Ian Wardropper, Director of The Frick Collection, “I am thrilled that the Frick will be collaborating with Edmund de Waal on this project, and it is a fitting continuation of our warm and collaborative relationship. I have long admired his body of work and his installations in places similar to the Frick—like Waddeson Manor and Chatsworth House. As an institution focused on collecting and its history, a natural next step in the dialogue was to invite Edmund to respond to the Frick’s gallery spaces and collection with his works of art.”
The sculptures de Waal is creating for the installation—made of porcelain, steel, gold, marble and glass—will echo the materials used not only for the works of art in the permanent collection but also for the house itself, which the artist considers a sculpture in its own right. The use of steel also references the way in which Henry Clay Frick, the museum’s founder, amassed his fortune. De Waal’s installations will be designed to catch the light from nearby sources (both natural and artificial), and will resonate with what the artist refers to as the aura of the historic mansion and the extraordinary works of art it contains.
(Photo courtesy of Ben McKee.)