A London-based artist known primarily for her sculptural work, often in casts, Whiteread traditionally works with negative space; she takes intimate everyday objects — chairs, beds, books — and gives them artistic merit through giving form to the space around them.
In 1993 Whiteread became the first woman ever to win the prestigious Turner prize for her sculpture House.
Whiteread was chosen to create a monument to the the 65,000 Austrian Jews who were executed during the Holocaust. Nameless Library, a hermetically sealed concrete library with no windows or doors, was erected in Judenplatz Square in Vienna in the year 2000.
‘The Unilever Series: Rachel Whiteread: EMBANKMENT’, 2005 — 2006 at the Tate Modern
‘PROTOTYPOLOGY: An Index of Process and Mutation’, 14 January – 2 April, 2016 at the Gagosian Rome
‘Rachel Whiteread’, 12 September 2017 – 24 January 2018 at the Tate Britain