Rachel Whiteread at Tate Britain: Space Made Visible


Everything about the Rachel Whiteread exhibition at Tate Britain forces us to continually shift the way we look, even when we might be looking at nothing.


The gallery room that is normally divided by false walls has been gutted and emptied to form one expansive space, leaving thirty years of Whiteread’s career sitting together. It’s a repetitive method that makes Whiteread’s whole oeuvre initially feel like one big series. The casting technique binds the differing works together: the underside of a bath, below a table, the dust collected under a bed, or other forgotten and unseen spaces. Yet the physical closeness of the works in the gallery space also makes their differences become clear: the variation of scale (from modest to monumental), the material (concrete to resin) and colour (cold grey to brilliant pink).