In 1993 Rachel Whiteread created a work of art which was hailed as one of the greatest public sculptures made by an English artist in the twentieth century. Whiteread's concrete and plaster cast of an entire house in the East End of London attracted equal measures of praise, wonder and controversy. Her monumental sculpture, on view when she won the Turner Prize, attracted some 3,000 visitors a day before it was demolished in January 1994. This book is made in collaboration with the Artangel Trust and provides a unique document of this remarkable work.
Photographs and working drawings chart House's progress from construction to demolition. Six distinguished authors contribute their responses and the book also surveys the whole spectrum of critical reaction to the work.
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Rachel Whiteread is one of my favorite artists. She takes a unique look at the world by examining the spaces left behind, such as the underside of a chair and creating artwork around that. In 1993 she won the Turner Prize for her work "House" a casting of the interior of a building where the insides and secrets were laid bare, and set on the site where the house once stood. This book captures not only the process behind creating this work, but also detailed notes on how it began, what was needed and everything else. Photos capture the process from start to finish. Sadly this work was destroyed in 1994, but luckily we still have this book. A great addition to any art book collection, but well worth the read for any sculpture student.