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.

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Theaster Gates
Chicago, 1973
USA

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...

Histórias Afro-Atlânticas (Afro-Atlantic Histories)

Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand – MASP

28 Jun — 10 Oct
“Afro-Atlantic Histories” features 450 works by 214 artists ranging from the 16th to 21st centuries and centered on the “ebbs and flows” among Africa, Americas, Caribbean and also Europe. The exhibition aims...
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

(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

2018
Theaster Gates, Black Madonna, Kunstmuseum Basel Neubau, Basel

2017
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

2016
Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, Theaster Gates: Heavy Sketches
Fondazione Prada, Milan, THEASTER GATES: TRUE VALUE

2015
White Cube, London, Freedom of Assembly

2012
White Cube, London, My Labor Is My Protest

Group Shows

2015
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

2013
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