• Post-War and Contemporary Art  auction at Christies

    Sale 7835

    Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Auction

    12 February 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 131

    Rachel Whiteread (b. 1963)

    In Out - VII

    Price Realised  


    Rachel Whiteread (b. 1963)
    In Out - VII
    plasticised plaster with interior aluminium framework
    84 x 35 5/8 x 2 7/8in. (213.5 x 90.5 x 7.2cm.)
    Executed in 2004, this is from a series of fourteen unique works each cast from the doors of different London houses.

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    'If walls and floors and ceilings are the unrecognized boundaries defining our experiences of emptiness, doors or doorways embody a different function. They are less about the spaces in which we live than about our movement between them. Like staircases, they are areas or points of transition: from one room to another, from inside to outside, from private to public, from youth to adulthood. They signify spatial and temporal movement. We mark out our lives by passing through thresholds; youth pushes through doors in order to fulfill its promise, while age closes doors on one chapter after another. Yet at the same time doorways signify as barriers; against entry, or escape, or the real or the imagined threat of what lies on the other side. They can protect us from the world outside, but they can also keep us from the spaces we aspire to be' (R. Noble, exh. cat., Kunsthaus Bregenz, Rachel Whiteread, 2005, p. 70).

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    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium, which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
    Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.


    Gagosian Gallery, London.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2004.

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note this lot should be starred in the catalogue.


    Kunsthaus Bregenz, Rachel Whiteread, April-May 2005 (illustrated, p. 17).