Untitled (Freestanding Bed) by Rachel Whiteread

This artist's work shares a large-scale minimalist aesthetic which is overlaid - or undermined - by a quirky humour or discreet domestic history.


Dental plaster & polystyrene
104 x 183 x 23 cm
Art Fund grant:
£7,000 ( Total: £12,500)
Acquired in:
Karsten Schubert Ltd

Whiteread's early works showed an interest in absence, in the shadow of things. She made sculpture by taking casts of the area around objects, giving solid form to space and allowing us to rediscover familiar domestic furniture in its negative. Her more recent work allowed human life to enter into her art work more decisively. She has made much of the mattress as a subject and an object, and has used its life history to add meaning to her works. This bed, though monumental, iconic and made of a hard material, looks soft, vulnerable, ready to sustain further wear and tear despite having already absorbed the marks of experience.


Karsten Schubert Ltd.

Venue details

Southampton City Art Gallery Civic Centre, Commercial Road, SOUTHAMPTON Hampshire SO14 7LP 023 8083 3007 www.southamptoncityartgallery.com/

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