Untitled (Black Bed)
Courtesy Luhring Augustine, New York, and Gagosian Gallery, London
After Shallow Breath (1988) in 1991 the artist returned to making casts of old mattresses or of the spaces under beds, whose anthropomorphic significance she explored (in harmony with the work of Francis Bacon, Robert Rauschemberg and Jannis Kounellis) by replacing plaster with rubber or other malleable and sensuous materials such as fibreglass or dental plaster, capable not only of preserving the physical traces left by the human body but of evoking its colour and consistency.
Born in London on 20 April 1963, Rachel Whiteread began her training in art by studying painting at the Brighton Polytechnic (1982-85) and sculpture at the Slade School of Art ...
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