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

Past Exhibitions

(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

Impulse, Reason, Sense, Conflict

Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation – CIFO
03/12/2014 — 20/03/2015

Solo Shows

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