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Theaster Gates, Black Vessel for a Saint, 2017 © Theaster Gates. Photo: Gene Pittman

Permanent Installation

Theaster Gates
Black Vessel for a Saint

The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis has permanently installed Theaster Gates’s Black Vessel for a Saint (2017) in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. In 2014, St. Laurence Church, located just a few blocks from Theaster Gates’s Chicago studio and considered an architectural beacon in the neighborhood for more than a century, was demolished. Among the objects and materials that Gates collected from the building was a life-size stone statue of St. Laurence, a venerated Roman martyr and the patron saint of librarians and archivists. Gates included the statue in several exhibitions in Europe, revealing new meanings in each location, before placing it in its permanent home in the Sculpture Garden in 2017, within a shrine built from custom-made black bricks.

Theaster Gates, Black Vessel for a Saint, 2017 © Theaster Gates. Photo: Gene Pittman

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Award

Theaster Gates
Visions of the City

Theaster Gates was selected as the second recipient of the Visions of the City artist grant in July 2019. Launched by the Obayashi Foundation in 2017, the program awards one research grant every two years to an artist with an abundance of creative ideas and a specific interest in urban development and renewal.

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Honor

Theaster Gates
Légion d’honneur

Theaster Gates received the Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur from the French Ambassador to the United States, Gérard Araud, in 2017.

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Theaster Gates speaking at the 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

Award

Theaster Gates
2020 Crystal Award

Theaster Gates received the 2020 Crystal Award for his leadership in creating sustainable communities. Gates was awarded the prize at the January 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, alongside choreographer Jin Xing, actor Deepika Padukon, and artist Lynette Wallworth. The annual award is bestowed to cultural leaders who reflect on the human condition and provide visions of the world that can cut through the limitations of short-term or linear thinking.

Theaster Gates speaking at the 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

Theaster Gates, america, america, 2019 (detail) © Theaster Gates

Commission

Theaster Gates
Chicago Transit Authority

In April 2019, the Chicago Transit Authority unveiled two new works by Theaster Gates, commissioned for the recently completed 95th/Dan Ryan station, located at the southernmost end of the city’s Red Line. With america, america (2019), a pair of large tapestries made from decommissioned fire hoses, on display in the station’s South Terminal, the artist aims to formally materialize the history of the civil rights struggle in the US and to acknowledge that the work of equity and equality is an ongoing effort carried on not by one person but by all.

Theaster Gates, america, america, 2019 (detail) © Theaster Gates

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New Representation

Theaster Gates

Gagosian is pleased to announce the representation of Theaster Gates. In a single decade, Gates has incubated compelling new models for legacy building, social transformation, and making art. Encompassing sculpture, painting, ceramics, video, performance, and music, his art both derives from and sustains ambitious urban renewal projects—creating hubs and archives for Black culture, which serve as catalysts for discussions on race, equality, space, and history. Aspects of Gates’s oeuvre suggest the almost shamanic role of worker and artisan, where the power of the unseen is harnessed and manifested in the ordinary and everyday. In his abstract compositions made out of new and used roofing materials—tar, rubber, slate—working-class labor, ritual, and formalism intersect and are imbued with religious potency.

Download the press release in English (PDF) or French (PDF)

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Theaster Gates, Bono, and David Adjaye. Photo: Rankin

Auction

(RED) Auction

Live auction: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Online auction: November 12–December 7, 2018
Exhibition: December 1–7, 2018
Moore Building, Miami

Gagosian is pleased to announce the third (RED) Auction to support the fight against AIDS, organized in partnership with (RED) and Sotheby’s.

Bono, the driving force behind (RED), invited artist Theaster Gates and architect Sir David Adjaye to cocurate a selection of contemporary art and design that will be auctioned by Sotheby’s on December 5, 2018, during Art Basel in Miami Beach and Design Miami/ 2018. Gagosian will present a preview exhibition of the works at the famed Moore Building in Miami, which will open on World AIDS Day, December 1.

Artists donating works include Ai Weiwei, Christo, Rachel Feinstein, Teresita Fernández, Frank Gehry, Jennifer Guidi, Sir Jony Ive and Marc Newson, Jeff Koons, Guillermo Kuitca, Marilyn Minter, Wangechi Mutu, Jenny Saville, and Sean Scully; Adjaye and Gates will also contribute unique pieces.

Proceeds from this year’s auction will support community-based programs in Africa through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, while also providing assistance to fight HIV through community-strengthening programs in Chicago with Theaster Gates’s Rebuild Foundation. For additional information, please contact Lidia Andich at redauction@gagosian.com.

View the auction catalogue (PDF)

Theaster Gates, Bono, and David Adjaye. Photo: Rankin

The Making of the (RED) Auction

Video

The Making of the (RED) Auction
The Theme

In the third episode of The Making of the (RED) Auction video series, Bono, Sir David Adjaye and Theaster Gates discuss light, the theme of the auction this year.

The (RED) Auction, organized by Gagosian in partnership with (RED) and Sotheby’s, will be held in the Miami Design District during Art Basel in Miami Beach and Design Miami 2018. Find out more about the auction, lots, and preview exhibition.

The Making of the (RED) Auction

Video

The Making of the (RED) Auction
The History

In the first episode of The Making of the (RED) Auction video series, musician and activist Bono describes (RED)’s mission to end AIDS, and recalls the successes of the first auctions.

Organized by Gagosian in partnership with (RED) and Sotheby’s, the (RED) Auction will take place on December 5, 2018, during Art Basel in Miami Beach and Design Miami/ 2018. Find out more about the auction, lots, and preview exhibition.

The Making of the (RED) Auction

Video

The Making of the (RED) Auction
Meet the Curators

In the second episode of The Making of the (RED) Auction video series, Theaster Gates and Sir David Adjaye discuss why they decided to join (RED)’s fight to end AIDS. 

The (RED) Auction, organized by Gagosian in partnership with (RED) and Sotheby’s, will be held in the Miami Design District during Art Basel in Miami Beach and Design Miami 2018. Find out more about the auction, lots, and preview exhibition.