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The Wall Street Journal on the Nasher's Current Show


by Jerome Weeks 8 Jul 2010

In the WSJ, arts writer Lance Esplund discusses Rachel Whiteread’s sculptures but especially her drawings — collected in the touring show currently at the Nasher Sculpture Center.

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In the WSJ, arts writer Lance Esplund discusses noted British artist Rachel Whiteread’s sculptures but especially her drawings — collected in the touring show currently at the Nasher Sculpture Center. And he doesn’t much care for what he saw.

Experiencing a sculptor’s drawings can give us access to the creative process, to the evolution of an artist’s visual thinking and visual vocabulary—the genesis of art. Unfortunately, Ms. Whiteread’s drawings do not offer that kind of insight or magic. Many depict simple geometric shapes or crude, illustrative copies of her cast objects on graph paper. In contrast to most sculptors’ drawings, they feel unrelated to her three-dimensional work except in cursory or superficial ways. (The artist has referred to her drawings as “doodles.”) … This is a tasteful, sometimes elegant, yet ultimately bland and unaffecting exhibition.

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