Elective Affinities

The Frick Collection, New York
30 May – 17 November 2019

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Temporary installation of new work at The Frick Collection, its first ever exhibition of a contemporary artist in the permanent galleries.

For this unique opportunity, de Waal created a series of site-specific sculptures made of porcelain, steel, gold, marble and glass in response to particular rooms and objects in the collection. These works were displayed in the museum's main galleries alongside works from the permanent collection.

To coincide with the exhibition, the museum published the third volume of its Frick Diptych series, pairing an essay by curator Charlotte Vignon with a text by de Waal. Together they offer fresh insight into a pair of porcelain candelabra by Pierre Gouthière, the French eighteenth-century chaser and gilder.

Photography: Christopher Burke