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    Sale 7672

    Post War & Contemporary Art Day Sale (Afternoon)

    1 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 309

    Rachel Whiteread (b. 1963)

    Untitled (Trafalgar Square Plinth)

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    Rachel Whiteread (b. 1963)
    Untitled (Trafalgar Square Plinth)
    upper section: polyurethane resin
    lower section: jesmonite (plasticized plaster) with acrylic sealant
    35½ x 20¼ x 9¾in. (90.2 x 51.4 x 24.8cm.)
    Executed in 1999, this work is from an edition of fifteen


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    "It's a simple trick, but an effective one, and the associations it conjures--heaviness and lightness, earth and heaven, death and life--are thought-provoking and manifold. Whiteread's Monument, as light and gleaming as the plinth is dark and squat, is the only one of the four commissioned pieces to allude directly to the plinth's defining emptiness. She sees it not as a space to be filled, but as an absence to be acknowledged, and she does it well" (N. Denny, New Statesman, 9 July 2001).

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    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.
    VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 15% on the buyer's premium


    Exhibited

    Seoul, Kukje Gallery, Jeff Wall, Rachel Whiteread, September-October 2002 (another from the edition exhibited).