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Rachel Whiteread

September 7–October 2, 2010
Davies Street, London

Rachel Whiteread Installation view

Rachel Whiteread

Installation view

Rachel Whiteread Installation view

Rachel Whiteread

Installation view

Rachel Whiteread Installation view

Rachel Whiteread

Installation view

Rachel Whiteread Installation view

Rachel Whiteread

Installation view

Rachel Whiteread Installation view

Rachel Whiteread

Installation view

Rachel Whiteread Installation view

Rachel Whiteread

Installation view

Rachel Whiteread Installation view

Rachel Whiteread

Installation view

Works Exhibited

Rachel Whiteread, Untitled, 2010 Mixed media, 5 units: dimensions variable

Rachel Whiteread, Untitled, 2010

Mixed media, 5 units: dimensions variable

Rachel Whiteread, Untitled, 2010 Sherbourne sandstone, 17 5/16 × 17 5/16 × 14 11/16 inches (44 × 44 × 37.3 cm)

Rachel Whiteread, Untitled, 2010

Sherbourne sandstone, 17 5/16 × 17 5/16 × 14 11/16 inches (44 × 44 × 37.3 cm)

Rachel Whiteread, 5 Stone, Cement, Plaster, 2010 Gouache and pencil on graph paper, 8 5/16 × 11 ⅝ inches (21 × 29.5 cm)

Rachel Whiteread, 5 Stone, Cement, Plaster, 2010

Gouache and pencil on graph paper, 8 5/16 × 11 ⅝ inches (21 × 29.5 cm)

Rachel Whiteread, 50 Stone, Cement, Plaster, 2010 Gouache and pencil on graph paper, 23 3/16 × 33 ⅛ inches (59 × 84 cm)

Rachel Whiteread, 50 Stone, Cement, Plaster, 2010

Gouache and pencil on graph paper, 23 3/16 × 33 ⅛ inches (59 × 84 cm)

About

A lot of the works that I've been making over the years have been part of a cyclical process. Things have happened, things branch off, things crop up that I haven't thought about. I often feel a cycle is incomplete and need to tread the same path again. I've been teaching myself a language for the past fifteen years, and the utilization of that language can take on many forms.
Rachel Whiteread

Gagosian Gallery is pleased to present drawings and a new sculpture by Rachel Whiteread.

This is the latest in a new series of sculptures for outdoor spaces in which Whiteread has substituted robust materials such as stone and concrete for the more fragile plaster, rubber, and resin of many of her best-known works. It comprises five approximately cubic forms of varying size and surface texture, arranged in a straight line. Small linear cutouts disrupt the otherwise smooth surface of each cube. Given that the work is intended for an outdoor space, changing light and shadow becomes another implicit and highly subjective dimension in the work. Two such commissions have been completed to date—in Stockholm, Sweden, and Dallas, Texas—and in subsequent works Whiteread is continuing to develop and refine her forms and use of media.

Using various materials to articulate the negative space surrounding or contained by objects, Whiteread has elaborated various approaches to casting and impression as subject, process, and vehicle for content. Her daily practice is based on a persistent duality: a pragmatic approach to the materials and making of art coupled with a fascination for the psychologically charged associations and traces of human contact borne by and embedded in objects and environments.

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Rachel Whiteread, Nissen Hut, 2018.

Shy Sculpture: Nissen Hut

Rachel Whiteread’s public sculpture Nissen Hut was unveiled in October 2018 in Yorkshire’s Dalby Forest. Curator Tamsin Dillon explores the dynamic history of these structures and provides a firsthand account of the steps leading up to the work’s premiere.

Rachel Whiteread, Untitled (Notre-Dame), 2019.

For Notre-Dame

An exhibition at Gagosian, Paris, is raising funds to aid in the reconstruction of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris following the devastating fire of April 2019. Gagosian directors Serena Cattaneo Adorno and Jean-Olivier Després spoke to Jennifer Knox White about the generous response of artists and others, and what the restoration of this iconic structure means across the world.

Gagosian Quarterly Summer 2019

Now available
Gagosian Quarterly Summer 2019

The Summer 2019 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring a detail from Afrylic by Ellen Gallagher on its cover.

Gagosian Quarterly Spring 2019

Now available
Gagosian Quarterly Spring 2019

The Spring 2019 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Red Pot with Lute Player #2 by Jonas Wood on its cover.

Becoming Home

Becoming Home

Rachel Whiteread’s US Embassy (Flat pack house) was unveiled in its permanent home at the new American embassy in Nine Elms, London, earlier this year. Virginia Shore, the curator for the London embassy project who worked with Whiteread to realize this site-specific commission, reflects on the history of prefabricated housing, the power of “home,” and the connecting force of art.

Solid Recollections: Rachel Whiteread

Solid Recollections: Rachel Whiteread

James Lawrence explores the quiet power and critical role of memory in Rachel Whiteread’s public works.