The most comprehensive exhibition to date of Rachel Whiteread, one of the Britain’s leading contemporary artists. Her work is characterized by its use of industrial materials such as plaster, concrete, resin, rubber and metal to cast the surfaces and volume in and around everyday objects and architectural space, creating evocative sculptures that range from the intimate to the monumental.
Born in London in 1963, Whiteread was the first woman to win the Turner Prize in 1993. The same year she made House (1993–1994), a life-sized cast of the interior of a condemned terraced house in London’s East End, which existed for a few months before it was controversially demolished. Major public projects, such as the Holocaust Memorial (1995) in Vienna, and Cabin (2015) in New York, have marked her career ever since, and have prompted key series of works represented in the exhibition in the form of sculptures, drawings and documentary material.
This study of Whiteread’s career brings together well-known works such as Ghost (1990), Untitled (100 Spaces) (1995) and Untitled (Staircase) (2001) alongside works that have never been previously exhibited.