Rachel Whiteread

Born Apr 20, 1963

Rachel Whiteread, CBE is an English artist, best known for her sculptures, which typically take the form of casts. She won the annual Turner Prize in 1993—the first woman to win the prize. Whiteread is one of the Young British Artists, and exhibited at the Royal Academy's Sensation exhibition in 1997.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Rachel Whiteread.


1963 Birth Whiteread was born in 1963 in Ilford, Essex, and raised in the Essex countryside until age seven, when the family moved to London.


1982 19 Years Old Whiteread studied at the Faculty of Arts and Architecture, Brighton Polytechnic from 1982 to 1985. … Read More


1987 24 Years Old She began to exhibit in 1987, with her first solo exhibition coming in 1988. … Read More
1988 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Her father, Thomas Whiteread, was a geography teacher, polytechnic administrator and lifelong supporter of the Labour Party, who died when Whiteread was studying at art school in 1988. … Read More
1990 27 Years Old She completed Ghost in 1990. … Read More
1991 28 Years Old …  She had begun considering casting an entire house in 1991.
1992 29 Years Old 1 More Event
She and James Lingwood of Artangel looked at houses to be torn down in North and East London in 1992, but without success in securing one.


1993 30 Years Old 1 More Event
House, perhaps her best known work, was a concrete cast of the inside of an entire Victorian terraced house completed in autumn 1993, exhibited at the location of the original house – 193 Grove Road – in East London (all the houses in the street had earlier been knocked down by the council).
1997 34 Years Old For the Sensation exhibition in 1997, Whiteread exhibited Untitled (One Hundred Spaces), a series of resin casts of the space underneath chairs. … Read More
1998 35 Years Old In 1998, Whiteread made Water Tower as part of a grant for New York City's Public Art Fund. … Read More


2003 40 Years Old Her mother, Patricia Whiteread (née Lancaster), who was also an artist, died in 2003 at the age of 72.
2004 41 Years Old In spring 2004, she was offered the annual Unilever series commission to produce a piece for Tate Modern's vast Turbine Hall, delaying acceptance for five to six months until she was confident she could conceive of a work to fill the space.
2005 42 Years Old Throughout the latter half of September 2005 and mid-way into October her work Embankment was installed and was made public on 10 October. … Read More
2008 45 Years Old She was one of the five artists shortlisted for the Angel of the South project in January 2008. … Read More
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