I am trying to figure out the best way to share what I’m seeing. Since I just showed you the amazing paper mache work of Franz West, let’s go to a show I just saw by Rachel Whiteread. I love everything Rachel Whiteread and am thrilled there is a show of her work a mere five minute walk from me in New York. I’ve been to see it twice so far, as how can I walk by and not go in?
This exhibition of Whiteread’s work are wall and floor pieces, which are rather intimate for her. I’ve always enjoyed Whitereads varied use of materials. Do you remember me showing you this house on Governors Island? In all honesty, I prefer her monumental cast pieces as they are exciting beyond compare. Casting is one of my favorite art forms. I’ve made many plaster casts and it is no small feat. The current exhibition at Luhring Augustine in Tribeca has pieces that appear to be spray painted cardboard but are patinated bronze or silver, others are paper mache with silver leaf and gouache. Nobody does casting better than Whiteread.
It is always important to ask if you can take a peek into a gallery office or conference room. I honestly think they keep some of the best pieces in these rooms for their own enjoyment.
My good friend Carol and her husband Stan are coming to stay with me later next week. It is their first real visit to NYC, and I’m making lists of things to show them. I’m thrilled that this show will be up, through April 22, 2023, while they are here. They’ll love it and I don’t really need an excuse to see it again.