“There’s something cool yet passionate about Rachel Whiteread’s work,” writes Jenny Uglow in the NYR Daily. “It is calmly paradoxical, domestic but monumental, tactile but detached, nostalgic but austere: objects and dwellings from everyday lives are lifted to a different sphere, a dance in space. Mattresses slump against walls; stairs rotate, rising almost to the ceiling; dark slabs of resin march along the floor. In a new exhibition celebrating twenty-five years of her career as an artist, Tate Britain has removed the partitions that usually divide separate rooms, creating a huge open space with white walls and glowing, pale wood floor. This has a curious effect, making the people walking between the exhibits seem part of the show itself, and indeed this is oddly appropriate as—though no human form is represented—Whiteread’s work has always been about bodies and people and the way we live. She asks us to see things we know—tables and chairs, the inside of a room—from the opposite of our normal perspective, looking at the space instead of the walls, the gaps instead of the frames, making the air itself solid.”
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