Edmund de Waal
noontime and dawntime, 2019
from darkness to darkness, 2019
Porcelain, steel, and plexiglass
© Edmund de Waal. Courtesy the artist and The Frick Collection. Photo: Christopher Burke
I listen to music all the time. Standing in front of that extraordinary picture by Goya of The Forge, with that the feeling of the man about to strike that hammer down onto the red-hot metal, gave me the aural focus for this exhibition, which is of a pulse. A rhythm. And a very strong, metallic, powerful movement of repetition, hence Steve Reich, hence Philip Glass, and also really Bach's French Suites and the Goldberg Variations. That kind of powerful pull through repetition and return. Here, in these pieces, there'll be these stacked pieces of steel, and this idea of a particular quality of sound, is absolutely the heart of the show.