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Rachel Whiteread

Detached

April 11–May 25, 2013
Britannia Street, London

Installation view Artwork © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view

Artwork © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view Artwork © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view

Artwork © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view Artwork © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view

Artwork © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view Artwork © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view

Artwork © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view Artwork © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view

Artwork © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view Artwork © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view

Artwork © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view Artwork © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view

Artwork © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view Artwork © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view

Artwork © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view Artwork © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view

Artwork © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view Artwork © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view

Artwork © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view Artwork © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view

Artwork © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view Artwork © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view

Artwork © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view Artwork © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view

Artwork © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view Artwork © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view

Artwork © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view Artwork © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view

Artwork © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view Artwork © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view

Artwork © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Works Exhibited

Rachel Whiteread, Detached 1, 2012 Concrete and steel, 78 ¾ × 43 × 67 ¾ inches (200 × 109 × 172 cm)© Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Rachel Whiteread, Detached 1, 2012

Concrete and steel, 78 ¾ × 43 × 67 ¾ inches (200 × 109 × 172 cm)
© Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Rachel Whiteread, Detached 1, 2012 (detail) Concrete and steel, 78 ¾ × 43 × 67 ¾ inches (200 × 109 × 172 cm)© Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Rachel Whiteread, Detached 1, 2012 (detail)

Concrete and steel, 78 ¾ × 43 × 67 ¾ inches (200 × 109 × 172 cm)
© Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Rachel Whiteread, Detached 2, 2012 Concrete and steel, 76 ⅜ × 67 ¾ × 92 ⅛ inches (194 × 172 × 234 cm)© Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Rachel Whiteread, Detached 2, 2012

Concrete and steel, 76 ⅜ × 67 ¾ × 92 ⅛ inches (194 × 172 × 234 cm)
© Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Rachel Whiteread, Detached 2, 2012 (detail) Concrete and steel, 76 ⅜ × 67 ¾ × 92 ⅛ inches (194 × 172 × 234 cm)© Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Rachel Whiteread, Detached 2, 2012 (detail)

Concrete and steel, 76 ⅜ × 67 ¾ × 92 ⅛ inches (194 × 172 × 234 cm)
© Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Rachel Whiteread, Detached 3, 2012 Concrete and steel, 77 ¼ × 67 ¾ × 115 ¾ inches (196 × 172 × 294 cm)© Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Rachel Whiteread, Detached 3, 2012

Concrete and steel, 77 ¼ × 67 ¾ × 115 ¾ inches (196 × 172 × 294 cm)
© Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Rachel Whiteread, Detached 3, 2012 (detail) Concrete and steel, 77 ¼ × 67 ¾ × 115 ¾ inches (196 × 172 × 294 cm)© Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Rachel Whiteread, Detached 3, 2012 (detail)

Concrete and steel, 77 ¼ × 67 ¾ × 115 ¾ inches (196 × 172 × 294 cm)
© Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Rachel Whiteread, Untitled (Blue), 2012 Silver leaf, cardboard, celluloid, and graphite on paper, 16 ⅝ × 11 ⅝ inches (42 × 29.5 cm)© Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Prudence Cumings Associates

Rachel Whiteread, Untitled (Blue), 2012

Silver leaf, cardboard, celluloid, and graphite on paper, 16 ⅝ × 11 ⅝ inches (42 × 29.5 cm)
© Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Prudence Cumings Associates

Rachel Whiteread, Untitled (Amber), 2012 Silver leaf, cardboard, celluloid, and graphite on paper, 16 ⅝ × 11 ⅝ inches (42 × 29.5 cm)© Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Prudence Cumings Associates

Rachel Whiteread, Untitled (Amber), 2012

Silver leaf, cardboard, celluloid, and graphite on paper, 16 ⅝ × 11 ⅝ inches (42 × 29.5 cm)
© Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Prudence Cumings Associates

Rachel Whiteread, Ocular (I), 2013 Resin, 19 ⅜ × 19 ⅜ × 3 ¾ inches (49 × 49 × 9.5 cm)© Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Prudence Cumings Associates

Rachel Whiteread, Ocular (I), 2013

Resin, 19 ⅜ × 19 ⅜ × 3 ¾ inches (49 × 49 × 9.5 cm)
© Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Prudence Cumings Associates

Rachel Whiteread, circa 1665 (I), 2012 Resin, 83 ½ × 33 ⅛ × 3 ⅜ inches (212 × 84 × 8.5 cm)© Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Rachel Whiteread, circa 1665 (I), 2012

Resin, 83 ½ × 33 ⅛ × 3 ⅜ inches (212 × 84 × 8.5 cm)
© Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Rachel Whiteread, LOOK, LOOK, LOOK, 2012 Resin, in 3 parts, each: 74 ⅝ × 15 ⅝ × 5 ⅞ inches (189.5 × 39.5 × 15 cm)© Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Rachel Whiteread, LOOK, LOOK, LOOK, 2012

Resin, in 3 parts, each: 74 ⅝ × 15 ⅝ × 5 ⅞ inches (189.5 × 39.5 × 15 cm)
© Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Rachel Whiteread, LOOK, LOOK, LOOK, 2012 (detail) Resin, 3 panels: 74 ⅝ × 15 9/16 × 5 ⅞ inches each (189.5 × 39.5 × 15 cm)© Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

Rachel Whiteread, LOOK, LOOK, LOOK, 2012 (detail)

Resin, 3 panels: 74 ⅝ × 15 9/16 × 5 ⅞ inches each (189.5 × 39.5 × 15 cm)
© Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Mike Bruce

About

Gagosian is pleased to present Detached, an exhibition of new sculpture by Rachel Whiteread. Her title calls by name the abstracting or distancing from reality that is an intrinsic part of the artistic process.

Whiteread’s sculpture is predicated on casting procedures, and the traces left on the sacrificial objects and spaces from which the final inverse form is derived. She casts from everyday objects as well as from the space beneath or around furniture and architecture, using single materials such as rubber, dental plaster, and resin to record every nuance. Detached 1, Detached 2, and Detached 3 (all 2012) figure the empty interior of a garden shed in concrete and steel. Cast from generic wooden sheds, the large-scale sculptures render negative space into solid form, and the prosaic into something fantastically disquieting. The sheds recall the monolithic architectural and site-specific works for which Whiteread first became renowned, such as Ghost (1990) and House (1993), and, most recently, the imposing concrete sculpture The Gran Boathouse (2010), installed on the water’s edge in the remote Nordic landscape of Røykenviken.

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Still from the video "In Conversation: Rachel Whiteread and Ann Gallagher"

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Rachel Whiteread speaks to Ann Gallagher about a new group of resin sculptures for an exhibition at Gagosian in London. They discuss the works’ emphasis on surface texture, light, and reflection.

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Rachel Whiteread, Nissen Hut, 2018.

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Photo: Anita Corbin, from the series First Women UK

Artist Spotlight

Rachel Whiteread

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In Rachel Whiteread’s sculptures and drawings, everyday settings, objects, and surfaces are transformed into ghostly replicas that are eerily familiar. Through casting, she frees her subject matter—from beds, tables, and boxes to water towers and entire houses—from practical use, suggesting a new permanence, imbued with memory.

Photo: Anita Corbin, from the series First Women UK

Rachel Whiteread: Detached (London: Gagosian, 2013)

Online Reading

Rachel Whiteread
Detached

Rachel Whiteread: Detached is available for online reading from October 21 through November 19 as part of Artist Spotlight: Rachel Whiteread. Published on the occasion of the artist’s 2013 exhibition at Gagosian, Britannia Street, London, this catalogue features in situ images of Detached 1, Detached 2, and Detached 3 (all 2012), along with documentary photographs of the works in progress. Also included are vitrines incorporating found objects, small casts, and maquettes; a series of resin sculptures, cast from doors and windows, in delicate hues such as rose and eau de Nil; and works on paper. A text by Briony Fer examines the materiality of Whiteread’s work.

Rachel Whiteread: Detached (London: Gagosian, 2013)