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Edmund de Waal

Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery (group show)
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven
14 September - 3 December 2017

Edmund de Waal, a place made fast, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles
Edmund de Waal, a place made fast, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles

This exhibition tells the story of studio pottery in Britain, from the early twentieth century to the present, by focusing on the evolution of the vessel form. Vase, bowl, charger, set: this family of forms ties ceramics to its functional origins. A vessel exists to hold or contain—a purpose it may fulfill literally, metaphorically, or both. The antiquity of the vessel, the familiarity of its shapes and forms, provides a ready-made language, which ceramic artists have for decades invoked and emulated but also transformed and renewed. The exhibition traces the major typologies that have defined studio pottery since the beginning of the twentieth century while also looking back to the historic precedents that inspired modern pioneer potters.

Yale Center for British Art, New Haven


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Edmund de Waal

white island (solo show)
MACE - Museu d'Art Contemporani d'Eivissa, Ibiza
8 June - 16 September 2018

© Edmund de Waal © MACE - Museu d'Art Contemporani d'Eivissa, Ibiza
© Edmund de Waal © MACE - Museu d'Art Contemporani d'Eivissa, Ibiza

This summer, MACE is holding de Waal's first exhibition in Spain. "This is the white island", says de Waal: "the white of the salt flats, the foam breaking in the breeze. The white of the rock. The white haze." A place of transition and exchange, the artist has worked closely with the museum to create a special exhibition of recent white works - "sculptures made for strong light" - alongside new installations, combining Paros marble, alabaster and Ibizan salt with his porcelain for the first time.

Website of Edmund de Waal