12 Sep 2017 – 21 Jan 2018
A showcase of the phenomenal work created by one of the UK's most celebrated contemporary artists.
This comprehensive retrospective celebrates 25 years of Whiteread’s powerful – and at times controversial – sculpture. As a member of the YBA (Young British Artists) movement she challenged what could be deemed to be ‘art’ with her use of industrial, utilitarian materials.
In 1993, the year she became the first woman to win the Turner Prize, she created perhaps her most contentious work, House. For this Whiteread filled an abandoned Victorian terraced property with liquid cement, before removing the framework to reveal a ghostly imprint of the residency’s negative space. The work caused uproar among locals and in the press, even leading to a debate in the House of Commons over its demolition (which occurred a year later).
Following House, the artist has continued to create imprints of everyday life – from casts of stone floors and airbeds, to photographs of some of London’s most deprived estates. This show presents both her best-known pieces and works that have never been publicly displayed before.
A number of works made this year especially for Tate Britain, which complement four early sculptures from Whiteread's first solo show in offering a full picture of her practice.