Taking China To The China. Alan Cristea Gallery at Art Basel Hong Kong

Taking China To The China. Alan Cristea Gallery at Art Basel Hong Kong
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For Art Basel Hong Kong Alan Cristea Gallery will present a new unique work by British ceramic artist Edmund De Waal, created especially for the fair. Its title, essays on idleness (2013) is one translation of the title of a collection of medieval Japanese essays written by the monk Yoshida Kenkō.

Taking China To The China. Alan Cristea Gallery at Art Basel Hong Kong

Edmund De Waal, essays on idleness, 2013

De Waal has been instrumental in the rising popularity of ceramics in contemporary art along with other ceramicists Grayson Perry, Clare Twomey and Ai Weiwei.He has worked as a curator, lecturer, art criticart historian and was Professor of Ceramics at the University of Westminster. He won the Daiwa scholarship and has received several awards and honours for his work. He also wrote the best selling, award winning novelThe Hare with the Amber Eyes (2010) about collecting Asian art, in particular Japanese netsuke.De Waal spent time in the city of Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province, fabled as the place where porcelain for China’s imperial palaces was made. In a diary piece for the Financial Times, he said of his trip:

“I went in search of stories of particular skills, which I had heard were still used, to bring back for a project for the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge – itself keeper of a fabulous collection of Chinese porcelain.


When I was a student in Cambridge I used to truant from lectures to go and adore beautiful Chinese pots, so the chance to get my hands on them, move them around, and bring a contemporary slant to how they are displayed was too good to miss. Hence my humid 10 days in south-east China, listening and looking in workshops, factories and teahouses.”De Waal was also biographer of Bernard Leach, the Hong Kong born “Father of British Pottery” who was renowned as the great interlocutor for Japan and the East, the person who understood the East, who brought out the mystery of the East and explained it to the West.

Notes to Editors
About the Artist 
Edmund de Waal was apprenticed as a potter in Canterbury, studied ceramics in Japan and then read English at Cambridge. His porcelain is in over forty international museum collections and his installation signs and wonders is permanently on view in the dome of the ceramics galleries of the Victoria & Albert Museum. De Waal is an award-winning writer, whose publications include the bestselling The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance (2010), published by Chatto & Windus, which received immense critical acclaim and won the Costa Book Award (Biography 2010) and the Ondaatje Prize (2011). He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011 Birthday Honours List for services to art.
Exhibition Facts:
Booth: 3C22
Address: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center (HKCEC), 1 Expo Drive, Wancha
Website: www.alancristeagallery.com
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