Theaster Gates, Jr.

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Theaster Gates is an artist and innovator who combines strategies of urban planning, object making, and performance. He is Professor of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago. Gates transforms spaces, institutions, traditions, and perceptions. Playing with his 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. Recent exhibition and performance venues include Locust Projects, Miami, FL; the Seattle Art Museum; Art Basel Miami Beach; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; Milwaukee Art Museum; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; and the Whitney Biennial and Armory Show in New York. Gates was a participating artist in dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany, with his '12 Ballads for Huguenot House'. In Fall 2012, Gates debuted in London with his solo show 'My Labor is My Protest,' at White Cube Bermondsey. Gates was awarded the inaugural Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics, honored by the Wall Street Journal as Arts Innovator of the Year 2012, and commissioned as the Armory Show Artist 2012. USA Artists named him as the USA Kippy Fellow 2012. Gates is also a 2012-13 Creative Time Global Resident and a Loeb Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2011. Gates is represented by Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago and White Cube in London. He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016.

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