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Rachel Whiteread Linda Smith Tuesday 25 September 2018

Rachel Whiteread is a Turner Prize winner, and one of the most important and respected British artists working today.  In 2005, she provided one of the series of impressive site-specific sculptures for the enormous Tate Modern Turbine Hall.  Her preoccupation with the hidden spaces in between things has resulted in an extraordinary range of objects which form a series of eloquent tributes to the silent and overlooked.  She later won the prestigious commission to design a Holocaust Memorial for the city of Vienna, one of her most demanding and difficult assignments to date, but also one of the most successful.

This lecture gives an account of her career to date, showing examples of how she has used ordinary domestic objects to create enigmatic and evocative works of art.  The range in scale of her works is huge:  from tiny objects to an entire house.  In every case, the finished works reveal unexpected associations, and can be extremely moving.

Reading : “Rachel Whiteread” by Charlotte Mullins, Tarte Publishing 2004

Linda Smith has previously talked to us in 2011 and 2017 on “James Gilray” and “Paula Rego”. Her   talk about the life and art of Paula Rego made quite an impact on members.

She holds two first-class degrees in Art History, is an experienced guide and lecturer at Tate Britain, Tate Modern and the Dulwich Picture Gallery, and lectures to secondary school audiences and independent arts societies.