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Pink; interlocking rectangles arranged in a repeated "V" format similar to parquet flooring, outlined in ink and painted in pink gouache, two blocks on the right a browner tone. 1993
Pen, ink and gouache on graph paper
- Production date
Height: 455 millimetres
Width: 610 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See curatorial comment to 1995,1104.1. This belongs to the same group of drawings made in Berlin 1992-3.
Label text from 2008-9 Sept.-Jan BM, British Sculptors' Drawings
Whiteread's fascination with floors is demonstrated by her series of floor casts that she has been making since the early nineties. The artist explains: 'I always thought they were like the bowels of the house, like the hidden corners no one ever sees'. Her drawings of this subject are an obvious extension of this interest.
Text from 'Living with art: The Alexander Walker collection' (British Museum Press, 2020):
One of a group of drawings that Whiteread made while on a residency programme in Berlin in 1992–3, based on the pattern of the parquet floor in her apartment (Ann Gallagher, ‘Drawing Form’, in Allegra Pesenti, Ann Gallagher and Rachel Whiteread, 'Rachel Whiteread Drawings', Los Angeles: Hammer Museum, 2010, pp. 27–37 (pp. 27–9)). Whiteread is best known for her sculptural casts of architectural forms in concrete, plaster, resin and rubber. When she made this drawing, she had already begun to cast floors. Walker hung it in his bathroom, where it matched the pink of his sink and bath. He told John Austin in 1999 that the gouache had been ‘much admired – and envied’.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2004-2005 June-Jan, BM, Matisse to Freud: The Alexander Walker Bequest
2006 Oct-Dec, Lincoln, Usher Gallery, (Sth Bank Tour), Matisse to Freud
2007 Jan-March, Leicester, New Walk (Sth Bank Tour), Matisse to Freud
2007 March-May, Leeds, Harewood House, (Sth Bank Tour), Matisse to Freud
2007 July-Sep, Gateshead, Shipley AG, (Sth Bank Tour), Matisse to Freud
2008-2009 Sep-Jan, BM, British Sculptors' Drawings, no cat.
2010 Jan-May, Los Angeles, Hammer Museum, Rachel Whiteread: Drawings
2010 May-Aug, Dallas, Nasher Sculpture Center, Rachel Whiteread; Drawings
2010-2011 Sep-Jan, London, Tate Britain, Rachel Whiteread, Drawings
2019-2020 Sep-Jan, London, BM, G90, Pushing Paper: Contemporary drawing from 1970 to now
2020 29 Feb - 17 Mar, Durham, Oriental Museum, Pushing Paper: contemporary drawing from 1970 to now
2020 19 Sep-23 Oct and 11-29 Nov, Swansea, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Pushing Paper: contemporary drawing from 1970 to now
2021-2022 2 Oct – 5 Feb, Barnsley, Cooper Gallery, Pushing paper: contemporary drawing from 1970 to now
2022 2 Apr-4 Jun, Stromness, Pier Arts Centre, Pushing paper: contemporary drawing from 1970 to now
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased by Alexander Walker from Austin Desmond Fine Art, London in three instalments between February and April 1998
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