Theaster Gates, ‘Civil Tapestries XIII’, Christie's

Signature: Civil Tapestries XIII

Kavi Gupta, Chicago

Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Theaster Gates

Claiming, “I think I’m a full-time artist, a full-time urban planner, and a full-time preacher with an aspiration of no longer needing any of those titles,” Theaster Gates makes work focused on racism and poverty in America, and works to make change in downtrodden communities across the country. His practice is grounded in African-American history and culture, and in his own experience growing up on the South Side of Chicago. Slavery, industrial exploitation, and the Civil Rights Movement feature prominently in his sculptures, installations, and performances, into which he incorporates such materials as shoe shine stations and fire hoses. During the 2008 financial crisis, Gates decided to focus on fostering improvement through art. Starting in his own neighborhood and expanding to other communities, he has effectively rejuvenated numerous abandoned buildings, transforming them into vibrant social hubs and cultural spaces.

American, b. 1973, Chicago, Illinois, based in Chicago, Illinois

Solo Shows

Basel, Switzerland,
Black Madonna
Hong Kong,
Tarry Skies and Psalms for Now
Theaster Gates: Heavy Sketches
Hong Kong,
My Back, My Wheel and My Will

Fair History on Artsy

Richard Gray Gallery at Frieze New York 2018
Richard Gray Gallery at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2017
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