"Rachel Whiteread: Bibliography" will be on view at Luhring Augustine fromFeb. 17 until April 1. Whiteread will exhibit a new series of uniqueplaster sculptures and 19 drawings and collages in her sixth New Yorkshow with the gallery.
In a continuing exploration of thehuman traces left on everyday objects, Whiteread demonstrates anongoing examination of the physical bodys interaction with the spaceit inhabits and the objects it encounters. In this exhibition,Whiteread explores the concepts inherent in packing, storage and movingby casting cardboard boxes in plaster.
According to thegallery, this surprisingly intimate and poignant body of workillustrates both the aesthetic and conceptual subtleties of thecardboard box, an object so utilitarian and disposable that it isusually taken for granted or discarded, but upon closer examinationbecomes an effective metaphor for the commerce of human life.
Thetechnical process to achieve these sculptures further unifies the formand content of the finished work as the cardboard is destroyed in thecasting process, and the final sculptures reflect the fleeting andfragile nature of the medium.
Whiteread has a long list ofinternational distinctions, which range from winning the Turner Prizein 1993, to solo exhibitions at the Kunsthalle Basel, the Reina Sofia,The Serpentine Gallery and the Deutsche Guggenheim. Her work is housedin museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in NewYork and the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C.
Images Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York