Rachel Whiteread

Untitled, 2009
6cm x 11cm

Rachel Whiteread is one of Britain’s most renowned contemporary sculptors. She studied painting at Brighton Polytechnic, before moving on to sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art. Whiteread shot to public attention in 1993 with her sculpture, “House,” a life-sized replica of the interior of a condemned terraced house in London’s East End. The sculpture brought her the 1993 Turner Prize and provoked intense public debate until it was eventually demolished in 1994.

Over the last decade she has developed a significant international reputation, creating major public works in both Europe and the United States. Her winning proposal for the Holocaust memorial at the Judenplatz in Vienna was one of the most prestigious sculptural commissions in Europe in the 1990s. This piece involved placing the cast interior of a library, including imprints from the books on their shelves, into the centre of the square.

Whiteread created ‘Monument’ for the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square and her ‘Water Tower’ has recently been reinstalled to the roof of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Artwork kindly donated by Rachel Whiteread, courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.