Artist of the Week: Rachel Whiteread
“I make all this stuff in the studio, but I also work on these white elephants — like House or Untitled Monument — things that are incredibly ambitious, take an awful long time to do, involve a lot of controversy, an awful lot of people, and don’t make any money particularly, but it’s just because I need to make them.”
Gagosian Gallery, London
"In 1922, Grenard André Matsoua was the first Congolese ever to come back from Paris dressed as a genuine French. His arrival caused indescribable commotion and admiration among his fellow countrymen; he became known as the first Grand Sapeur.
Having the respect and admiration of his community, today’s Sapeurs consider themselves artists. They add a touch of glamour to their humble environment through their refined manners and impeccable dressing styles. Each of them is unique showing a particular repertoire of gestures. They all share the same dream: To go to Paris and return to Brazzaville as an aristocrat of supreme elegance.”
Glove, purchased in 1851 as a tourist souvenir at London’s Great Exhibition, with map showing routes to Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, the main staging area for the exhibition.
Dom Bosco Church by Carlos Alberto Naves in Brasilia, Brazil