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Theaster Gates


The first comprehensive monograph of Chicago-based Theaster Gates (b.1973), one of the most exciting and recognized contemporary artists at work today


Survey by Lisa Lee, Interview by Carol Becker, Focus by Achim Borchardt-Hume, Artist's Writings by Theaster Gates


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Price: USD$49.95

Theaster Gates (Chicago, 1973, where he lives and works) has developed an expanded artistic practice that includes space development, object making, performance and critical engagement with many publics. Gates transforms spaces, institutions, traditions, and perceptions. His training as an urban planner and sculptor, and subsequent time spent studying clay, has given him keen awareness of the poetics of production and systems of organizing. Playing with these 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.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Format: Paperback
Size: 290 x 250 mm (11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in)
Pages: 160 pp
Illustrations: 220 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714868806

Lisa Lee is the Director of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Art and Art. Carol Becker is Dean of Faculty and Professor of the Arts at Columbia University School of the Arts. She has published numerous articles and books on cultural criticism including The Invisible Drama: Women and the Anxiety of Change (1987) and Thinking in Place: Art, Action, and Cultural Production (2010). Achim Borchardt-Hume is Head of Exhibitions at Tate Modern in London. From 2010 to 2012 he was Chief Curator at the Whitechapel Art Gallery.

"The poster boy for socially engaged art."—ArtReview

"[Gates] allows places of non-elitist art to become places the art world looks to for its avant-garde."—The Independent on Sunday

"The book is a beautiful, well-made and oversized paperback with an attractive dust jacket. The layout, graphics and photos are excellent throughout."—New Art Examiner

On the Contemporary Artists Series

"The boldest, best executed, and most far-reaching publishing project devoted to contemporary art. These books will revolutionize the way contemporary art is presented and written about."—Artforum

"The combination of intelligent analysis, personal insight, useful facts and plentiful pictures is a superb format invaluable for specialists but also interesting for casual readers, it makes these books a must for the library of anyone who cares about contemporary art."—Time Out

"A unique series of informative monographs on individual artists."—The Sunday Times

"Gives the reader the impression of a personal encounter with the artists. Apart from the writing which is lucid and illuminating, it is undoubtedly the wealth of lavish illustrations which makes looking at these books a satisfying entertainment."—The Art Book

"The poster boy for socially engaged art."—ArtReview

"[Gates] allows places of non-elitist art to become places the art world looks to for its avant-garde."—The Independent on Sunday

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