Location: Chicago (US)
Theaster Gates lives and works in Chicago. Gates creates works that focus on the theory of space and land use planning. Sculpture and performance. On the strength of his interest and his training in town planning and preservation, Gates bought back abandoned spaces. Known for his recirculation of capital from the art world, Gates creates works that focus on the possibility of “life in things”. He intelligently reconnects with artistic values. Land values and human values. In all aspects of his work he struggles with the notion of black space as a formal exercise. Defined by the collective desire, artistic action and tactics of a pragmatist.
Gates is a professor at the University of Chicago in the Department of Visual Arts and at the College. He is also Senior Advisor for Cultural Innovation and Advisor to the Dean. Also, Gates is Director of Artist Initiatives at the Lunder Institute for American Art at the Colby College Museum of Art. From the 2018/2019 artist in residence at the Getty Research Institute (GRI).