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Rachel Whiteread: House

Rachel Whiteread: House

Lingwood, James, 1959-; Whiteread, Rachel, 1963-; Artangel (London, England)

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 provoked 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, made in collaboration with the Artangel Trust, provides a unique chronicle of this remarkable work. Photographs and working drawings chart the house's life from construction to demolition. Six key figures in art journalism contribute their thought-provokingly diverse responses: in turn, the book surveys the whole spectrum of critical reaction to the work

Book. English.
Published London: Phaidon in association with Artangel, 1995

Available at Art Library.

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Statement of responsibility: edited by James Lingwood
ISBN: 0714834599, 9780714834597
Physical Description: 144p : ill. (some col.), facsims. ; 25 cm.
Subject: English land art

Author note

Jon Bird is Cultural Studies Lecturer at Middlesex University and a founder of Blockmagazine.

James Lingwood is Co-Director of Artangel.

Doreen Massey is Professor of Cultural Geography at the Open University.

Richard Stone is Editor of the Burlington magazine.

Iain Sinclair, a poet and novelist, has written extensively on London's history.

Neil Thomas is a partner in Atelier One Structural Engineers.

Anthony Vidler is Professor of Art History at UCLA, Los Angeles.

Simon Watney is a writer and broadcaster.


'A sort of time capsule, as much concerned with public reaction as with the artist's wishes and as such it will accumulate aura down the years.' (Observer)

'The range of illustrative material is unusually good, reflecting the writers' varied standpoints in this perceptive and illuminating book.' (Building Design)