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Rachel Whiteread

September 16, 2018 – January 13, 2019
East Building, Concourse Galleries

Rachel Whiteread, Ghost, 1990, plaster on steel frame, overall: 269 x 355.5 x 317.5 cm (105 7/8 x 139 15/16 x 125 in.), National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of The Glenstone Foundation 2004.121.1

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

As the first comprehensive survey of the work of British sculptor Rachel Whiteread (b. 1963), this exhibition brings together some 100 objects from the course of the artist’s 30 year career, including drawings, photographs, architecture-scaled sculptures, archival materials, documentary materials on public projects, and several new works on view for the first time. The exhibition also features the wide range of materials utilized by the artist from plaster to rubber, concrete, resin, and paper. Ranging in scale and effect from the monumental to the modest, Whiteread’s sculptures memorialize everyday objects, domestic interiors, and public spaces. Throughout her celebrated career, Whiteread has effectively recast the memories of these locations and objects to chart the seismic changes in how we live, from the late 20th century and into the 21st. Co-organized with Tate Britain, the exhibition is accompanied by a catalog with contributions by the exhibition’s curators, an interview with the artist, and additional scholarly essays.

The exhibition is curated by Molly Donovan, curator of art, 1975–present, National Gallery of Art, Washington, and Ann Gallagher, director of collections (British art), Tate Britain, London.

Organization: The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and Tate Britain.

Sponsors: The exhibition is made possible by Dr. Mihael and Mrs. Mahy Polymeropoulos.
It is also supported by Amanda and Glenn Fuhrman and The FLAG Art Foundation.
Additional funding is provided by The Exhibition Circle of the National Gallery of Art.

Passes: Admission is always free and passes are not required

Attendance: 50,396

Catalog: Rachel Whiteread. By Ann Gallagher and Molly Donovan. Millbank, London: Tate Publishing, 2017.

Other venues: Tate Britain, London, September 12, 2017–January 21, 2018
21er Haus-Museum of Contemporary Art, Vienna, March 8–July 29, 2018
Saint Louis Art Museum, March 17–June 9, 2019

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Rachel Whiteread

In the Library: Rachel Whiteread’s “Ghost”
September 17, 2018 – January 11, 2019
East Building, Ground Floor, Study Center

Public Symposia
Rachel Whiteread
October 26 at 10:30
East Building Auditorium

Film Series
Lifting Traces: Memories of London
October 27 – November 11
East Building Auditorium

Teacher Workshops
Various dates

Rachel Whiteread Symposium, Part 4: Remarks and Discussion
Audio, Released: April 9, 2019, (17:27 minutes)
Rachel Whiteread Symposium, Part 3: A Conversation with Lynne Cooke and Cristina Iglesias
Audio, Released: April 9, 2019, (43:30 minutes)
Rachel Whiteread Symposium, Part 1—Rachel Whiteread: Weathering, Patina, Time
Audio, Released: April 9, 2019, (44:59 minutes)
Rachel Whiteread Symposium, Part 2: Three Halcyon Arts Lab Fellows Respond
Audio, Released: April 9, 2019, (45:13 minutes)
Press Event: Rachel Whiteread
Audio, Released: September 26, 2018, (20:43 minutes)
Introduction to the Exhibition—Rachel Whiteread
Video, Released: September 25, 2018, (41:46 minutes)
Introduction to the Exhibition—Rachel Whiteread
Audio, Released: September 18, 2018, (42:53 minutes)
Diamonstein-Spielvogel Lecture Series: Rachel Whiteread
Audio, Released: July 20, 2010, (72:20 minutes)
Rachel Whiteread: "Ghost"
Video, Released: August 4, 2009, (8:10 minutes)