press release

A major exhibition of important new works by Rachel Whiteread will open at Gagosian Gallery, London. This exhibition includes over twenty sculptures and drawings completed over the last two years and is scheduled to coincide with "Embankment," her much anticipated Unilever Series commission for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, on view from 11 October 2005 through 2 April 2006.

Rachel Whiteread is one of Britains leading contemporary sculptors. Born in London in 1963, she studied painting at Brighton Polytechnic and sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art. She shot to public attention in 1993 with her sculpture, "House," a life-sized replica of the interior of a condemned terraced house in Londons East End which 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. It was unveiled in October 2000. She represented the UK at the 1997 Venice Biennale and created "Monument" for the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square in 2001. Her "Water Tower" (1998) was just reinstalled on the roof of the Museum of Modern Art, New York this autumn. She lives and works in London and her work is represented in many private and public collections worldwide.

A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany this exhibition, which will include an essay by Alex Potts, Professor of Art History at the University of Michigan. For further information or press inquiries please contact the gallery.


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Rachel Whiteread: SCULPTURE