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Rachel Whiteread’s drawings and collages reveal through their delicate treatment a personal territory from which her practice steadily emerges. Whiteread is known for her sculptures in which she casts the negative space within or surrounding domestic objects and interiors as a means of memorializing the everyday and often overlooked. Her works on paper operate similarly around the notion of the trace as they capture Whiteread’s diaristic ruminations around her subject matter. She states, “With each drawing, I have an ability to recall where I did that drawing and the circumstances of its making. It’s as if the drawing absorbed the time of its making.”

In this selection of early 90s and recent works, familiar motifs of beds, floors, stairs, and windows are rendered into form against the gridded backdrops of architecture sketchbooks. Her use of correction fluid, a material normally purposed for erasing, reminds the viewer of the inextricable relationship between presence and absence that runs throughout her work.

Whiteread’s retrospective exhibition, which originated at the Tate Britain and the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, is currently on view at the Saint Louis Art Museum through June 9, 2019.

For more information about the exhibition,  please visit the museum’s website.

Rachel Whiteread, Blue Beds, 1992

Rachel Whiteread

Blue Beds, 1992

Watercolor, ink and correction fluid on graph paper

14 5/8 x 18 1/8 inches

(37 x 46 cm)

$50,000.00

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Rachel Whiteread, Study for 'Floor,' 1992

Rachel Whiteread

Study for 'Floor,' 1992

Ink and correction fluid on graph paper

18 x 12 inches

(45.6 x 30.4 cm)

$50,000.00

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Rachel Whiteread, Study for 'Platform,' 1992

Rachel Whiteread

Study for 'Platform,' 1992

Watercolor, ink, and correction fluid on graph paper

17 7/8 x 12 inches

(45.5 x 30.5 cm)

$50,000.00

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Rachel Whiteread, Study for 'Room,' 1993

Rachel Whiteread

Study for 'Room,' 1993

Ink, watercolor, and correction fluid on graph paper

16 1/2 x 23 3/8 inches

(42 x 59.5 cm)

$50,000.00

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Rachel Whiteread, Untitled (Ceiling), 1993

Rachel Whiteread

Untitled (Ceiling), 1993

Watercolor and correction fluid on graph paper

8 1/4 x 11 5/8 inches

(21 x 29.5 cm)

$40,000.00

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Rachel Whiteread, Water Tower at Night, 1998

Rachel Whiteread

Water Tower at Night, 1998

Ink on photo-lithograph

27 7/8 x 21 7/8 inches

(76 x 55.5 cm)

$60,000.00

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Rachel Whiteread, Study with 'Stairs,' 2002

Rachel Whiteread

Study with 'Stairs,' 2002

Collage, gouache, and pencil on paper

22 x 15 inches

(56 x 38 cm)

$50,000.00

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Rachel Whiteread, Archways, 2005

Rachel Whiteread

Archways, 2005

Postcard with punched holes

3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches

(9 x 14 cm)

$12,000.00

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Rachel Whiteread, Silver Boxes, 2006

Rachel Whiteread

Silver Boxes, 2006

Silver leaf and collage on paper

14 7/8 x 11 inches

(37.8 x 28 cm)

$50,000.00

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Rachel Whiteread, White Window, 2011

Rachel Whiteread

White Window, 2011

Collage, pencil, and acrylic on paper

15 x 11 inches

(38 x 28 cm)

$35,000.00

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Rachel Whiteread, Untitled, 2016

Rachel Whiteread

Untitled, 2016

Goauche and ink on paper

8 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches

(21 x 29.5 cm)

$40,000.00

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Rachel Whiteread, Untitled, 2017

Rachel Whiteread

Untitled, 2017

Ink, gouache, and acetate on paper

16 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches

(42 x 30 cm)

$50,000.00

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