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Saint Louis Art Museum Presents a Major Retrospective of Rachel Whiteread's Career
Rachel Whiteread, English, born 1963; "Detached III", 2012; concrete and steel; 77 1/4 x 67 1/2 x 115 3/4 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Museum Purchase 35:2017© Rachel Whiteread
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - The Saint Louis Art
Museum is presenting a major retrospective of Rachel Whiteread, including 96 objects from throughout the artist's 30-year career. The exhibit runs through June 9.
Ranging in scale and effect from the monumental to the modest, the British sculptor's work capture the rich human histories contained within familiar objects.
Since winning the United Kingdom's coveted Turner Prize in 1993, Whiteread has received many honors and major commissions, including the Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial in Vienna. Her works have been shown extensively in museums around the world. In 2017, the Saint Louis Art Museum acquired Whiteread's "Detached III," a cast of the interior of a garden shed, which is on view on the museum's southwest lawn.
"'Detached III' is a significant addition of the Saint Louis Art Museum's collection of outdoor sculpture," said Brent R. Benjamin, the Barbara B. Taylor Director of the Saint Louis Art Museum. "This retrospective exhibition provides important context for that work by placing it within the highly conceptual approach of one of the greatest sculptors of our time."
Whiteread is considered one of the Young British Artists, or YBAs, a group of artists who were working and exhibiting in London in the late 1980s and early 1990s that included Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas, Chris Ofili and others. In 1993, Whiteread became the first woman to receive the Turner Prize for "House," a cast of the interior of a condemned Victorian terrace house in London's East End.
In "House" and throughout her career, Whiteread has used the technique of casting the negative space around and within architecture, domestic objects and furniture. In preserving the traces of these objects, the sculptures memorialize the everyday experiences they embody. Building on the reductive aesthetics of 1960s minimalism, Whiteread charts new sculptural territory by adding layers of personal, historical and social meaning.
In addition to her sculptures, Whiteread is also an avid draftsperson. The exhibition will include a selection of sketches and preparatory drawings that demonstrate Whiteread's wide-ranging artistic practice and illuminate her complex casting process.
The St. Louis presentation of the exhibition is curated by Simon Kelly, curator of modern and contemporary art, and Hannah Klemm, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art, with Molly Moog research assistant.
"Rachel Whiteread" was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and Tate Britain, London, in association with the Saint Louis Art Museum. The exhibition is made possible in St. Louis by support from the E. Desmond Lee Family Endowment for Exhibitions. Additional funding is provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Tickets for "Rachel Whiteread" are available at the museum and from MetroTix starting Feb. 5. Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and $6 for children aged 6 to 12. The exhibition is free for museum members.
Sculpture Garden at Saint Louis Art Museum
The Grace Taylor Broughton Sculpture Garden, south of the museum, features an over life-sized bronze sculpture of Hercules and the Hydra, by German sculptor Mathias Gasteiger, positioned among hornbeam and serviceberry trees planted in a tight grid pattern to compliment elements of the Sir David Chipperfield-designed East Building.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - The Saint Louis Art
Museum has opened the Grace Taylor Broughton Sculpture Garden, installed with masterworks from the collection and more than 450 new trees, including hornbeam and serviceberry planted in a tight grid pattern.
The transformative project immediately south of the museum was made possible by a generous gift of $5 million from Barbara B. Taylor, president of the Saint Louis Art Museum Board of Commissioners, and Andrew C. Taylor, executive chairman of St. Louis-based Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
In a release, Barbara Taylor said, "Andy and I take great pleasure in supporting the Saint Louis Art Museum's vision of connecting visitors with worldclass sculpture in a distinctive way. This new sculpture garden will be a beautiful and significant addition to the Museum, as well as to Forest Park."
Works in the Museum's collection, including sculpture by Pierre-Auguste Renoir,
Aristide Maillol, and Mathias Gasteiger, which complement Stone Sea, a work by Andy Goldsworthy commissioned by the Museum in 2012.
The new garden completes the phased landscape plan designed by Paris-based Michel Desvigne in concert with Sir David Chipperfield's design of the Art Museum's East Building, which opened in summer 2013.
Honored with the Medal of the French Academy of Architecture (2000) the French national Urbanism Grand Prize (2011), Desvigne's landscape projects include Millennium Park in London's Greenwich Peninsula, Luxemburg's Draï
Eechelen Park and the New Qatar National Museum in Doha.
The East Building, designed by Sir David Chipperfield, at the Saint Louis Art Museum, features floor-to-ceiling windows and 23 monumental panels of dark polished concrete, with highlights of Missouri river aggregates. See related story: Saint Louis Art Museum Unveils Contemporary East Building
The Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the leading art museums with more than 100 galleries. The building was designed by famed architect Cass Gilbert as the Palace of Fine Arts for the 1904 World's Fair in Forest Park. Standing atop Art Hill, it is the "crown" jewel" of the 1,370-acre park. The Grand Basin is the lake at the foot of Art Hill and served as the focal point of the 1904 World's Fair.
Crusader King Louis IX in front of the Saint Louis Art Museum
The Museum's collections feature more than 30,000 art treasures from ancient times to the present. Highlights include art of the Renaissance, masterpieces of Impressionism, American European Art, Asian art, Period Rooms, the Egyptian mummy, and world-renowned collections of pre-Columbian and German Expressionist art.
The Museum provided $10 million for improvements to Art Hill and nearby areas including: reconstruction of Fine Arts Drive in the front of the Museum between the front stairway and the statue of St. Louis; the street and the area around the landmark statue is now paved with granite; construction of two curved, tree-lined walkways, or promenades, extending about 250 yards in each direction from the statue of St. Louis to the existing circular parking areas; construction of scenic overlooks near the expanded circular parking areas; landscaping of the two promenades and of the entire area with ornamental trees and decorative lighting; and new parking adjacent to the scenic overlooks.
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm; Friday, 10:00 am-9:00 pm; Closed Monday. For more information, call 314-721-0072. Admission to the Saint Louis Art Museum is free. Admission to featured exhibitions is free on Friday.
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