The artists creates sculptures with raw material of urban neighborhoods transforming them into vessels of opportunity for the community. Establishing a virtuous circle between fine art and social progress, Gates strips dilapidated buildings of their components, transforming those elements into sculptures that act as bonds or investments, the proceeds of which are used to finance the rehabilitation of entire city blocks.

Theaster Gates
Chicago, 1973

Current Exhibitions

30 Jun — 21 Oct
The collective exhibition “Histórias Afro-Atlânticas” involves two of the main cultural institutions of Sao Paulo, namely MASP and Instituto Tomie Ohtake, with an initiative never seen before. The exhibition includes about 400 artworks by more...
09 Jun — 21 Oct
In his exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel, which spreads out across two of the museum’s venues, Theaster Gates (b. 1973) explores the cult surrounding the Black Madonna, showcasing new works made...

Past Exhibitions

Histórias Afro-Atlânticas (Afro-Atlantic Histories)

Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand – MASP
28/06/2018 — 10/10/2018

(X) A Fantasy

DRAF: David Roberts Art Foundation
08/09/2017 — 07/10/2017

Theaster Gates: Tarry Skies and Psalms for Now

White Cube Hong Kong
21/03/2017 — 20/05/2017

Theaster Gates: How to Build a House Museum

Art Gallery of Ontario 21/07/2016 — 30/10/2016

Theaster Gates: True Value

Fondazione Prada, Milan
07/07/2016 — 25/09/2016

Solo Shows

Theaster Gates, Black Madonna, Kunstmuseum Basel Neubau, Basel

In the Tower, National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA
Tarry Skies and Psalms for Now, White Cube, Hong Kong
The Minor Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington
But To Be A Poor Race, Regen Projects, Los Angeles
The Black Charismatic, IMHE, Helsinki Tarry Skies and Psalms for Now, White Cube, Hong Kong
The Minor Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington

Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, Theaster Gates: Heavy Sketches
Fondazione Prada, Milan, THEASTER GATES: TRUE VALUE

White Cube, London, Freedom of Assembly

White Cube, London, My Labor Is My Protest

Group Shows

Annka Kultys Gallery, London, Group Show ‘Desire of the Other’ (curated by Annka Kultys)
Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, The 14th Istanbul Biennial: SALTWATER
56th Venice Biennale, Venice, All the World’s Futures

The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, personal, political, mysterious

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Chicago Country of birth: USA Date of birth: 1973 Lives in: Chicago, USA