RACHEL WHITEREAD (b. 1963)
RACHEL WHITEREAD (b. 1963)
RACHEL WHITEREAD (b. 1963)
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RACHEL WHITEREAD (b. 1963)

Modern Chess Set

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RACHEL WHITEREAD (b. 1963)
Modern Chess Set
32 pieces in mixed media, chess board in carpet and linoleum, 2005, number A/P 2/3, one of three artist's proof sets aside from the edition of seven, with the instruction manual, published by RS & A Ltd., London, within the original printed box
King 100 mm., Pawn 10 mm.
Box 245 x 750 x 415 mm.
Literature
Yves Marek, Art échecs et mat, Editions de l’imprimerie nationale, Paris, 2008, p. 183 (p. 176, ill.).
George Dean, Chess Masterpieces. One thousand years of extraordinary chess sets, Harry N. Abrams, New York, 2010 (p. 266, ill.).
Exhibited
The Art of Chess, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow (exh. cat.), 2006 (p. 22-23, ill.).
32 Pieces: The Art of Chess, Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland (exh. cat.), 24 January - 13 April 2009 (p. 76-79, ill.).
The Art of Chess, Dox Centre of Contemporary Art, Prague (exh. cat.), 2010 (p. 25, ill.).

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Lot Essay

In Modern Chess Set Rachel Whiteread creates a chess set from replicas of vintage dollhouse furniture. An avid collector of doll’s houses and their contents, the artist’s interest culminated in Place (Village), 2006-2008, an installation of 150 model houses which she had amassed over twenty years. Whiteread wittily alludes to traditional gender politics, ranging miniatures versions of everyday utilities and appliances, such as sinks, stoves, ironing boards, buckets, washtubs and wastebaskets, against leisure-based furnishings and objects, such as armchairs, electric radiators and televisions. These carefully chosen objects frame the home environment as a site of work for women and of leisure for men. Each piece is meticulously fabricated after model toys in Whiteread’s own collection and is presented on a patch-work of floral carpet squares and coloured linoleum. With its wooden box referencing the typography and packaging of the 1950’s, Modern Chess Set gently critiques gender stereotypes while nostalgically evoking the aesthetics and spirit of a bygone era.         

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