Edmund De Waal, ‘to hand’, 2017, Collect: Benefit Auction 2017

Drawing inspiration from traditional Japanese miniatures, the work of Barnett Newman and Donald Judd, and a number of literary sources, Edmund de Waal creates ceramic works ranging from tiny netsuke (17th-century Japanese vessels and figurines) to large-scale installations. The porcelain containers encased in a variety of horizontal and vertical vitrines, such as in the series “Just Lately” (2007-2008), vary subtly in size and color and bear the marks of the artist’s labor, with their arrangements variously evoking musical rhythms and the sense of presentation inherent in a china cabinet. De Waal sees his practice as uniting East and West, with equal strains of medieval Chinese ceramics and Bauhaus aesthetics.
—Courtesy of the Crafts Council and the artist

About Edmund De Waal

Drawing inspiration from traditional Japanese miniatures, the work of Barnett Newman and Donald Judd, and a number of literary sources, Edmund de Waal creates ceramic works ranging from tiny vessels to large-scale installations. The porcelain containers encased in a variety of horizontal and vertical vitrines, such as in the series “Just Lately” (2007-2008), vary subtly in size and color and bear the marks of the artist’s labor, with their arrangements variously evoking musical rhythms and the sense of presentation inherent in a china cabinet. De Waal sees his practice as uniting East and West, with equal strains of medieval Chinese ceramics and Bauhaus aesthetics.

British, b. 1964

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Edmund De Waal: Ten Thousand Things, Gagosian, Beverly Hills
2014
Group Show, Gagosian, Paris
2014
Edmund de Waal: Atmosphere, Turner Contemporary, Margate
2013
Edmund de Waal: Atemwende, Gagosian, New York

Solo Shows on Artsy

2017
Morandi / Edmund de Waal, Artipelag, Stockholm, Sweden
2017
Edmund de Waal, Espace Muraille, Geneva, Switzerland
2016
Edmund De Waal: Ten Thousand Things, Gagosian, Beverly Hills
2016
Irrkunst, Max Hetzler Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2015
wavespeech (with David Ward), Pier Arts Center, Stromness, Scotland, United Kingdom
2014
Group Show, Gagosian, Paris
2014
Edmund de Waal: Atmosphere, Turner Contemporary, Margate
2014
Another Hour, Southwark Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
2013
Edmund de Waal: Atemwende, Gagosian, New York
2013
On White: Porcelain Stories from the Fitzwilliam Museum, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, United Kingdom
2012
Edmund de Waal at Waddesdon, Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
2012
a local history, Alison Richard Building, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Group Shows on Artsy

2015
Chromophobia, Gagosian - Alexandra Robinson, Geneva
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