Theaster Gates, ‘Progress’, 2016, LAXART
Theaster Gates, ‘Progress’, 2016, LAXART
Theaster Gates, ‘Progress’, 2016, LAXART
Theaster Gates, ‘Progress’, 2016, LAXART
Theaster Gates, ‘Progress’, 2016, LAXART

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Dimensions: 49 x 39 5/8 (at widest) x 4 in.

This is the second of two neon works Gates produced based on data gathered by W.E.B. DuBois for the “Negro Exhibition” mounted at the 1900 Paris Exposition. The question of Blacks and progress has its origins In Dubois diagrams which illustrate advances Blacks made one generation out of slavery. Recasting Dubois’ strikingly modernist data visualization in neon, Gates is making a sharp distinction between the literal and the figurative. A sign for progress should not be mistaken as a sign of progress. Courtesy of the artist and Regen Projects.

Image rights: Courtesy of the artist

Theaster Gates Studio

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

2018
Basel, Switzerland,
Black Madonna
2017
Hong Kong,
Tarry Skies and Psalms for Now
2016
Chicago,
Theaster Gates: Heavy Sketches
2013
Hong Kong,
My Back, My Wheel and My Will

Fair History on Artsy

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