Concrete casts, expressionism, and something a little bit differentby Emma Crichton-Miller / August 15, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in September 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
Tate Britain, 12th September to 21st January 2018
In a street in the East End in 1993, a life-size concrete cast of a terraced home stood eerily: a monument to erased histories and forgotten intimacies. Rachel Whiteread’s piece captured the imagination of locals and won her the Turner Prize, the first woman to do so. As this major retrospective will demonstrate, Whiteread continues to make work of formal inventiveness and psychological power: the Holocaust Memorial in Vienna; Untitled (Room 101)—a cast of the room at the BBC thought to be the model for Orwell’s Room 101. On show are drawings in pencil, varnish and correction fluid which are the bedrock of her practice. Unmissable.