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Rachel Whiteread at the Serpentine to 5 August 2001 also plinth on plinth Trafalgar Square London
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From: Rudi Scholl
Category: Exhibitions
Date: 06 July 2001

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Rachel Whiteread at the Serpentine to 5 August 2001 also plinth on plinth Trafalgar Square London

Let me tell you something you can go a long long way in this art world with one idea or even less. To the Holocaust in Vienna, or the empty hero space in Trafalgar Square. To the Turner Prize and back. Study the negative space, one of the stock lines trotted out by those loonies who teach life drawing, next cast the negative space, you always do I guess, but take something basic and take it further.

The plinth looks pretty good, surreal and a strange sight to see a resin copy next to the real stone one. So obvious it makes you cry, can this be good art if it comes from such a high school thought. Jeff Koonsí puppy or basketball, Hirstís mortality. Whiteread looks more serious but is part of the same gang. Dumb ideas well done. My friend said the plinth would have been better if it were solid. I didnít get her point.

Champagne flowed at the Serpentine. The mattresses are dull, like the books, stuff to sell to the smaller collectors who want to get in on the action. Collectibles. The downstairs big piece was better, really making you think about negative spaces in a good way, and firing memories of entrances and stairs from past times. In Vienna her monument stands while Haiderís cronies govern. So much negative space so little time to fill it.

translated from Rudi's Geman text

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