Rachel Whiteread Untitled (Daybed)

Rachel Whiteread: Sculpting Negative Space

British artist Rachel Whiteread (born 1963), the first woman awarded the prestigious Turner Prize, is captivated by objects from the past that she transforms into representations using materials such as plaster, rubber, wood, and cardboard. Influenced by the formality of modern furniture design, yet inextricably connected to her childhood experiences, Whiteread created Untitled (Daybed) out of traditional mattress materials as a conceptual idea of the negative space underneath a daybed. By including four cylindrical holes at the corners and horizontal contours for slats or straps, Untitled (Daybed) is a distillation of negative space evoked by the Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Daybed.  Whiteread’s sculpture was first exhibited in Glasgow, Scotland and was then exhibited in the United States in New York in 2000.

Paul DesMarais, Contributing Writer

Rachel Whiteread: Daybed. A/D Gallery, 2000. Web. 14 Jan. 2011.

Lot Information

Lot 99
SCP, UK, 2000
Retains tag dated August 25, 2000
From the edition of 10 plus 2 artist’s proofs
16”h x 78”l x 33”w



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