Friday, March 19, 2010

Rachel Whiteread Drawings

Saw a great show of drawings by the sculptor Rachel Whiteread at the Hammer Museum in L.A. today. Created on a variety of papers such as graph paper, newspaper advertisements, and archival paper, she drew with common materials such as gouache, pencil, and ink, but also used uncommon drawing materials like correction fluid and varnish which resulted in exceptionally beautiful surface and tonal qualities.

Black and White Floor (detail), 2001
Rachel Whiteread
white ink on black paper


  1. Correction fluid and varnish? Who would have thought. At first I thought of it as scratchboard, but I think that is because I'm viewing it as a photo, online. How large is this piece?

  2. The piece is 22 inches by 30 inches. Yes, it does look like it could be scratchboard....

    Another reason I loved this exhibit was because in looking at the work, one could really see the artist thinking.