Theaster Gates

About the Author

Lisa Lee is the director of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Art and Art History. Carol Becker is dean of faculty and professor of the arts at Columbia University School of the Arts. She has published numerous articles and books on cultural criticism including The Invisible Drama: Women and the Anxiety of Change (1987) and Thinking in Place: Art, Action, and Cultural Production (2010). Achim Borchardt-Hume is head of exhibitions at Tate Modern in London. From 2010 to 2012 he was chief curator at the Whitechapel Art Gallery.

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Survey by Lisa Lee, Interview by Carol Becker, Focus by Achim Borchardt-Hume, Artist's Writings by Theaster Gates

This book is the first comprehensive monograph of Chicago-based Theaster Gates (b.1973), one of the most exciting and recognized contemporary artists at work today.


Theaster Gates has developed an expanded artistic practice that includes space development, object making, performance, and critical engagement with many groups. Gates transforms spaces, institutions, traditions, and perceptions. His training as an urban planner and sculptor, and subsequent time spent studying clay, has given him keen awareness of the poetics of production and systems of organizing. Playing with these poetic and systematic interests, Gates has assembled gospel choirs, formed temporary unions, and used systems of mass production as a way of underscoring the need that industry has for the body.

  • Softcover
  • 11.375 x 9.875 inches
  • 160 pages, 220 color illustrations

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