• Rachel Whiteread, Study for Wax Floor, 1992, correction fluid, ink, and watercolor on graph paper. 17 7/8 x 12".

    “Rachel Whiteread Drawings”

    Hammer Museum
    10899 Wilshire Boulevard
    January 31–May 2, 2010

    Curated by Allegra Pesenti

    Given the monumentality of her celebrated poured-concrete and plaster sculptures, few people would think of British artist Rachel Whiteread putting pencil or brush to paper. This survey brings into focus her variegated two-dimensional output with more than two hundred drawings made over twenty years (alongside ten sculptures). Not just mere studies, Whiteread’s drawings constitute a parallel practice that helps her to “dream” other pieces into being, and her use of gouache, correction fluid, acrylic, silver leaf, and collaged photographs evinces the artistic interests for which she is known: texture and surface, presence and absence, and the traces of human life in the material world. A “visual essay” by Whiteread, along with texts by curator Allegra Pesenti and the Tate’s Ann Gallagher, appear in the accompanying catalogue.