Rachel Whiteread In Conversation

Whiteread is best known for the controversial piece ‘House’, a concrete cast of the interior of a house in London’s east end, which won her the Turner Prize in 1993.

Rachel Whiteread, House (1993)

Now, for the first time in her career, Whiteread has moved away from casting objects to building them. Her new work includes two large sculptures, Poltergeist (2020) and Döppelganger (2020–21), made of found wood and metal that has been painted in white household paint.

Rachel Whiteread, Doppelgänger, 2020–2021

Here’s a recent video of the artist reflecting on her latest work in conversation with Ann Gallagher, former director of Tate’s collection of British art. It’s only 7 minutes long but worth a watch. It’s like a skip, hop and a jump through her career’s work. And Whiteread has a lovely way with words:

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