This month we managed to get over to Tate Britain to see the Rachel Whiteread exhibition, just in time before it closed. Much like the removal of Whiteread's '90's art piece 'House', this exhibition will be sorely missed. It seemed to belong to the gallery space so perfectly that it made it hard to imagine it not being a permanent fixture.
Rachel Whiteread's sketches
The materials, sensitivity to detail and colour palette were instantly striking. The wonderful concept of creating solid, touchable, permanent objects from empty space was exemplified by the multiples of blocks as you walk through the entrance. All cast from the underneath of chairs, the usually forgotten, unused space except for feet and legs, Rachel gave them all individual importance and stature.
If you are interested to hear from Rachel Whiteread herself, we would fully recommend watching this iPlayer episode of Imagine - https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09j310x/sign/imagine-winter-2017-5-rachel-whiteread-ghost-in-the-room - An excellent watch.