elective affinities: Edmund de Waal at the Frick Collection
This book was published on the occasion of elective affinities: Edmund de Waal at the Frick Collection. The exhibition featured eleven new site-specific installations created by de Waal in response to works in the Frick Collection, New York, including Francisco Goya’s The Forge (c. 1815–20), Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’s Comtesse d’Haussonville (1845), and furniture by Pierre Gouthière.
Displayed alongside the museum’s permanent collection, de Waal’s works are intended as a series of encounters and conversations with the museum’s masterpieces, its spaces, and its history. In the artist’s words, “this is a storied place whose collections have a depth that is unparalleled: to spend time thinking about them has been one of the great moments of my life.”
The publication features extensive installation photography accompanied by texts by Charlotte Vignon, curator of decorative arts at the Frick. It also includes a new text by de Waal and a foreword by Ian Wardropper, director of the Frick Collection