Rachel Whiteread's Water Tower Sketchbook



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Rachel Whiteread Drawings
The Hammer Museum presents the first museum retrospective of drawings by British artist Rachel Whiteread. While her sculpture is well known and widely published, Whiteread's work on paper has remained largely behind the scenes. "My drawings are a diary of my work," she explains, and like the passages in a diary her drawings range from fleeting ideas to labored reflections. Variegated textures, subtle nuances of tone over colored graph paper, and the play of imagery in collaged constructions are some of the distinctive characteristics of Whiteread's works on paper.

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Water Tower
In June 1998, the Public Art Fund inaugurated its most ambitious project to date: Water Tower, British artist Rachel Whiteread's first public sculpture in the United States. Water Tower, a translucent resin cast of the interior of a 12'2" high by 9' wide wooden water tank, was raised 7 stories to rest upon the steel tower frame of a SoHo rooftop.

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MOMA Collection: Water Tower
On your next trip to MOMA, see if you can spot the sculpture atop one of the museum's buildings.

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On display in the Hammer exhibition Rachel Whiteread Drawings, the Water Tower sketchbook documents Whiteread's process researching how to construct the Water Tower. The Water Tower was on display in New York City from June 1998 - November 2000 atop a building at the corner of West Broadway and Grand Street.

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