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    Rachel Whiteread, Joshua Tree Shack (detail) 2014. Mixed media, (Mojave desert) USA,. Overall dimensions: 3 × 5 × 5 m (approx). Courtesy of the artist.


On Tuesday 29 January 2019 Rachel Whiteread (b. 1963) will be the sixth artist to be honoured with the Art Icon award. Known for her large-scale works, social sculptures and use of everyday materials, the Whitechapel Gallery will honour the contribution that Rachel Whiteread has made to contemporary art.

The Whitechapel Gallery’s Art Icon event is in partnership Swarovski, who have a longstanding commitment to the Gallery and its programme.

The evening, hosted by Iwona Blazwick OBE (Director, Whitechapel Gallery) and Nadja Swarovski (Member of the Swarovski Executive Board) consists of a gala dinner and live auction. Tickets sold for the evening help raise vital funds for the Whitechapel Gallery’s Education and Community programmes.

The Art Icon 2019 Committee members are: Dilyara Allakhverdova, Erin Bell, Maryam Eisler, Larry Gagosian, Ann Gallagher, Rebecca King Lassman, Luigi Maramotti, Farshid Moussavi, Jasmin Pelham, Catherine Petitgas,Sue Prevezer, Alice Rawsthorn, Darius Sanai, Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Maria Sukkar, Nadja Swarovski and Cheyenne Westphal.

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About Rachel Whiteread

Rachel Whiteread’s approach to sculpture is predicated on the translation of negative space into solid form. Casting from everyday objects, often using spaces around or within furniture and architecture, she uses materials such as rubber, dental plaster, and resin to capture every nuance. In recent large-scale works, Whiteread has replicated the empty interiors of wooden garden sheds in concrete and steel, recalling the earlier architectural works Ghost (1990), House (1993), and the imposing concrete sculpture Boathouse (2010), installed on the water’s edge in the remote Norwegian landscape of Røykenviken.

Rachel Whiteread was born in 1963 in London, England. She studied painting at Brighton Polytechnic, England, from 1982 to 1985, and sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art, England, from 1985 to 1987. Whiteread’s work has been included in several solo and group exhibitions, including the British Pavilion at the 47th Biennale di Venezia (1997); Judenplatz: Place of Remembrance, Judenplatz, Vienna (2000); Transient Spaces, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2001, travelled to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, through to 2002); Serpentine Gallery, London (2001, travelled to Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh); Haunch of Venison, London (2002); Untitled (Room 101), Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2003); Rachel Whiteread in Brazil, Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro (2004, travelled to Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo); Walls, Doors, Floors and Stairs, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2005); Plastiken und Zeichnungen (Sculptures and Drawings), Staatliches Museum Schwerin, Germany (2005); Embankment, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London (2005); Museo d‘Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples (2007); Centro Arte Contemporáneo, Spain (2007); Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2008); Portland Art Museum, Oregon (2009); Drawings, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2010, travelled to Nasher Sculpture Centre, Dallas; and Tate Britain, London); Tate Britain, London (2017) travelled to Belvedere 21er Haus, Vienna, Austria; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C; travelling to the Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO.; and 21er Haus, Vienna (2018).

Whiteread was awarded the International Medal of Arts, U.S. Department of State, and the Ada Louise Huxtable Prize in 2017.

Whiteread currently lives and works in London, England.

About Swarovski

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Founded in 1895 in Austria, the company designs, manufactures and markets high-quality crystals, genuine gemstones and created stones as well as finished products such as jewelry, accessories and lighting. The Swarovski Crystal Business is run by the fifth generation of family members and has a global reach with approximately 3,000 stores in around 170 countries, more than 27,000 employees, and revenue of about 2.7 billion euros in 2017.

Together with its sister companies Swarovski Optik (optical devices) and Tyrolit (abrasives), Swarovski Crystal Business forms the Swarovski Group. In 2017, the Group generated revenue of about 3.5 billion euros and employed more than 32,000 people.

A responsible relationship with people and the planet has always been an integral part of Swarovski’s heritage, and is embedded today in the company’s well-established sustainability agenda. In addition, the global Swarovski Waterschool education program has reached 500,000 children on the world’s greatest rivers, and the Swarovski Foundation, set up in 2013, works to support culture and creativity, promote human empowerment and conserve natural resources to achieve positive social impact.


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