Edmund de Waal
Edmund de Waal
Edmund de Waal's work addresses, among others, the subjects of collecting - archiving and including - removing. Recognised as an exceptional ceramist, Edmund de Waal models small unique vessels that form the base of his installations. Carefully composed vitrines create a visual narration and result in a subtle dialogue between tradition and modernity, minimalism and architecture, ideas of repetition and rhythm, informed by his passions for literature as well as music and suitable for meditative contemplation.
"One of the most profound explanations of what a pot, a vessel of fired clay, represents as an object in the world was expressed by Philip Rawson in his classic, Ceramics: 'A pot thus “contains” both the reality of materials and process, and the inner realities of man´s sense of identity in relation to his own world of meaning.' It has been de Waal´s achievement to find in the making of his vessels an inexhaustible means of exploring both the most intellectually ambitious ideas and the most elusive and subjective thoughts and feelings."
Emma Crichton-Miller, Can a Poet be a Potter of Song? in Edmund de Waal, Phaidon, 2014
Image: Fadensonnen I, 2014, 20 porcelain vessels in a wood and plexiglass cabinet, 90 x 50 x 15 cm
Monika Baer, Heinrich Dunst, Günther Förg, Ralph
Gibson, Rodney Graham, Jenny Holzer, Liz Larner, Paul McCarthy, Ray K.
Metzker, David Musgrave, Albert Oehlen, Stephen Prina, Wilhelm
Schürmann, Arlene Shechet, Edmund de Waal, Christopher Williams, Heimo
Bleibtreustraße 45, Berlin
16 September – 22 October 2016
Selected Institutional Exhibitions
la mia ceramica
Lynda Benglis, Ida Ekblad, Lucio Fontana, Günther Förg, Liz Larner, Fausto Melotti, Navid Nuur, Pablo Picasso, Sterling Ruby, David Salle, Josh Smith, Rosemarie Trockel, Edmund de Waal, Rebecca Warren
Galerie Max Hetzler / Holzwarth Publications, Berlin 2016
With an introduction by Edmund de Waal