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Theaster Gates

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Theaster Gates’s work utilizes sculpture and performance to explore space theory and land development. Drawing on his interest and training in urban planning and preservation, Gates redeems spaces that have been left behind, upturning art values, land values, and human values. In all aspects of his work, he contends with the notion of black space as a formal exercise—one defined by collective desire, artistic agency, and the tactics of a pragmatist. Gates has exhibited and performed at Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany (2018); Kunstmuseum Basel (2018); National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (2017); Fondazione Prada, Milan (2016); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2013); Documenta 13 (2012); Gropius Bau, Berlin (2019); and Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2019). He was awarded the Légion d’Honneur in 2017 and has also received the Artes Mundi 6 prize, the Nasher Prize for Sculpture, and the Urban Land Institute J. C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development.

Born 1973, Chicago, USA; lives and works in Chicago, USA