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Rachel Whiteread
Ghost
2008
Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles
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PALE FIRE
by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp



After filling the Tate Modern’s gargantuan Turbine Hall in 2005 with random stacks of rectilinear forms cast from packing boxes, the British artist Rachel Whiteread wanted to pursue works with greater potential for intimacy. And in her first show in Los Angeles, on view at Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills, she does evoke a certain poignancy. In the high-ceilinged central space of the Richard Meier-designed gallery, she has placed three lithesome works, each using the spare steel support of a modern stacking chair as its base combined with pastel-colored cast-plaster shapes, notably various-sized cylinders and home-base-shaped slabs.

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