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Theaster Gates, back in Chicago, delivers art in gallery show, brand-new CTA station

Chicago Tribune

April 2019

By Steve Johnson

In the span of a few days earlier this month, Theaster Gates was walking through his new gallery show just hours before it opened, explaining to visiting friends and journalists the thinking behind, for instance, one of its centerpieces, his reclaimed neon sign from a Rothschild Liquors store to which he has added the neon legend, “Mama’s Milk.”

Theaster Gates presents art installations at Red Line’s 95th Street station

Curbed Chicago

April 2019

By Sara Freund 

The final two art installations at the Red Line’s 95th Street station were unveiled Monday morning. The two pieces by artist Theaster Gates are part of the massive terminal overhaulwhich wrapped up in January.

Can Artist Theaster Gates Help Bridge a Town-Gown Divide?

City Lab

April 2019

By Zach Mortice

A school at the University of Chicago is opening itself up to the South Side through public policy and architecture, with help from Theaster Gates.

Theaster Gates' Amalgam exhibition at Palais de Tokyo explores social histories of migration

designboom

April 2019

By Sofia Lekka Angelopoulou

chicago-based artist theaster gates explores social histories of migration and interracial relations in an entirely new project at palais de tokyo in paris. marking his first solo museum exhibition in france, the project examines a specific episode in american history as its point of departure.

UL Interview: Theaster Gates on Building Communities by Breaking Rules

Urban Land

March 2019

By Justin Arnold

Internationally acclaimed artist and urban planner Theaster Gates, whose rise to prominence began with his use of art and culture to revive underserved neighborhoods in his hometown of Chicago, was named the 2018 recipient of the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development at the Institute’s 2018 Fall Meeting in Boston.

Collector Qiao Zhibing's delayed Tank Shanghai museum opens on West Bund waterfront

The Art Newspaper

March 2019

By Lisa Movius

A massive Theaster Gates exhibition is in the works for March 2020.

Photography and the "Black American" of the Johnson Publishing Company

First Arte

March 2019

By Marika Lion 

For the first time in the United States, Theaster Gates "Facsimile Cabinet of Women Origin Stories" an exhibition that contains about 3000 images from the archive of the Photograph from the archives of the Johnson Publishing Company. Until 8 September 2019 at the Colby Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine.

Theaster Gates illuminates the dark history of Maine’s interracial exiles

Document Journal

March 2019

By Ann Binlot

For his first solo museum exhibition in France at Palais de Tokyo, Theaster Gates explores America’s dark forgotten past through the interracial exile of Malaga Island.

“Nothing is pure in the end… A sea of wood, An island of debate. Can an exhibition start to shift the negative truths of the history of a place?” 

Theaster Gates and The Black Monks return with live jam on Black Madonna Press

FACT

March 2019

By FACT

Fusing the twin legacies of spiritual jazz and Chicago house.

Artist and musician Theaster Gates has announced the second release on his Black Madonna Press label in collaboration with The Vinyl Factory.

Artist Theaster Gates headlines 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial's new list of participating designers

Chicago Tribune

March 2019

By Blair Kamin

Chicago artist Theaster Gates, who turned a decrepit neo-classical bank building into a cultural hub called the Stony Island Arts Bank, will be among the participants of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial that opens in September.

Theaster Gates, MASS Design Group among list of Chicago Architecture Biennial contributors

The Architect's Newspaper

March 2019

By Sydney Franklin

Theaster Gates, MASS Design Group, Wolff Architects, as well as Forensic Architecture and Invisible Institute are among the first wave of contributors announced for this fall’s 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial. The show, titled …and other such stories, will be an expansive look into global projects that delve into how architecture relates to land, memory, rights, and civic participation. The initial list of participants, announced last week, features 51 artists, collectives, architects, and researches from 19 countries—only half of the soon-to-be full lineup of participants.

Raising the Cultural Bar on Campuses

The New York Times

March 2019

By Kerry Hannon

Colby College Museum of Art, which was founded in 1959, comprises five wings, nearly 8,000 works, and more than 36,000 square feet of exhibition space. A current exhibition, “Theaster Gates: Facsimile Cabinet of Women Origin Stories,” includes nearly 3,000 images from the Johnson Publishing Company archive. Founded in 1942, Johnson Publishing recorded the lives of black Americans for more than 70 years through the magazines Ebony and Jet.

 

 

Theaster Gates at the Palais de Tokyo: an elegant, sensitive and poetic exhibition

Télérama

March 2019

By Olivier Cena

In 2015, in Venice,  a video installation managed to bring the Biennial out of the boredom in which the mediocrity of the exhibited works plunged it.

Facsimile Cabinet of Women Origin Stories will make it’s U.S. debut at the Colby Museum of Art

Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel

March 2019

By Stacy Blanchet

Theaster Gates’s Facsimile Cabinet of Women Origin Stories will make it’s U.S. debut Tuesday, March 12, at the Colby Museum of Art, 5600 Mayflower Hill Drive, in Waterville.

Monument for the expelled residents of Malaga Island

NRC Handelsblad

March 2019

By Sandra Smallenburg

The new exhibition 'Amalgam' by Theaster Gates revolves around a small American island with a loaded history of racial purification. "The beauty of mixed forms, that's what this work is all about."

Remains of slavery, according to Theaster Gates, at the Palais de Tokyo

Le Figaro

March 2019

By Valérie Duponchelle

This is the first museum exhibition in France of Theaster Gates, conceptual king of the African-American scene. In the Palais de Tokyo, slavery relives via the remains invented of a "false archeology".

 

Theaster Gates explores the troubling history of a coastal community forced out of home

Wallpaper

March 2019

By Amy Verner

For his first exhibition in France, artist Theaster Gates has dredged up a dark and largely unknown fragment of American history. It concerns Malaga, a small island off the coast of Maine where, until 1912, a self-sufficient maritime community lived in relative isolation. 

Prada asks Ava DuVernay and Theaster Gates to lead diversity efforts after blackface backlash

CNN Business

February 2019

By Taylor Nicole Rogers

Prada has tapped "Selma" director Ava DuVernay and artist Theaster Gates to advise the Italian fashion house on diversity issues after the company released a holiday collection featuring blackface imagery.

Theaster Gates first solo museum exhibition in France

FAD magazine

February 2019

By Mark Westall

In an astonishingly short space of time, Chicago-based artist Theaster 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.

 

A Conversation with Theaster Gates; Archinect Sessions Episode #136

Archinect

February 2019

By Paul Petrunia

This week on Archinect Sessions we’re sharing our inspiring conversation with Theaster Gates. For those of you who aren’t already familiar with Theaster, you’re in for a treat. Theaster Gates often refers to himself as a potter, and while it’s true that he is, through years of training and practice, he’s also an extremely talented multidisciplinary artist, urban planner and community-focused social activist. 

Prada needed help dodging racial missteps. It called in Theaster Gates

Crain's Chicago Business

February 2019

By Lisa Bertagnoli

The Chicago-based artist and Hollywood director Ava DuVernay have been tapped to co-chair the Milan fashion house's new Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council.

Theaster Gates on how his new show was inspired by the eviction of 45 people from an island in Maine

The Art Newspaper

January 2019

By Anna Sansom

The US artist Theaster Gates has taken the eviction of a mixed-race community from a small island in Maine as the starting point for his first solo exhibition in France, opening this month at the Palais de Tokyo.

Theaster Gates’ “Amalgam” at Palais de Tokyo, Paris

BLOUIN ARTINFO

January 2019

By BLOUIN ARTINFO 

For his first solo show in France, Theaster Gates will showcase a new project, pursuing the exploration of social histories of migration and interracial relations, which will be on view at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, from February 20, 2019, to May 12, 2019.

Theaster Gates Is a Toast of the Fashion and Art Circuit

New York Times

December 2018

By Ruth La Ferla

The image was arresting. Screened on a wall of the Freehand Miami hotel, it showed a bikini-clad woman playing volleyball on the beach. The blowup itself was not extraordinary, except that its subject was black.

Theaster Gates hits the floor at Park Avenue Armory

The Art Newspaper

December 2018

By Ruth Lopez

The Chicago artist will mill a portion of the period wood for the $4m project to replace the historic New York building's floor.

Prada and Theaster Gates explored black identity Art Basel Miami Beach

CNN Style

December 2018

By Samantha Tse

At this year's Art Basel Miami Beach, Prada launched Prada Mode Miami, a pop-up members-only club that featured a tightly edited program of art, music and dining.

Theaster Gates and His Band, The Black Monks of Mississippi, Play Miami

Vulture

December 2018

By Whitney Mallett

Thursday night in Miami, artist Theaster Gates and his band the Black Monks of Mississippi performed at the pop-up club Prada Mode.

Kanye West, Venus Williams, Emma Roberts, and Theaster Gates Party With Prada in Miami

Vogue

December 2018

By Nick Remsen

The pop-up club’s visual tone was set through an “intervention”—essentially a gallery-like design takeover—by the artist Theaster Gates, whose work was seen throughout. (He currently has a show at the Fondazione Prada in Milan, on view until January 13.) Gates also performed later on Thursday evening with the Black Monks of Mississippi Live, tucked away in a low-lit lounge full of hushed onlookers.

Starry (RED) Charity Auction in Miami Brings in $10.5 Million to Fight HIV/AIDS

ARTNEWS

December 2018

By Annie Armstrong

On Wednesday night, the Zaha Hadid-designed Moore building in Miami’s Design District played home to a starry (RED) Auction curated by artist Theaster Gates and architect David Adjaye alongside the rock star Bono to raise money for the fight against HIV/AIDS.

In a Pivot From Social Practice, Theaster Gates Designed a Private Club With Prada for Art Basel Miami Beach

artnet news

December 2018

By Sarah Cascone

Who’s the man in charge of designing the latest hot spot at this week’s Art Basel Miami Beach? None other than Chicago social practice artist Theaster Gates, who has created a site-specific installation for Prada Mode, the luxury brand’s new members-only night club that is blending contemporary art, music, and dining.

Locust Projects Turns 20: Remembering Its Most Memorable Exhibits

Miami New Times

December 2018

By Minhae Shim Roth

"Theaster Gates: Soul Manufacturing Corporation." November 10 - December 21, 2012. Dennis Scholl calls Theaster Gates’ performance and installation Soul Manufacturing Corporation “my personal favorite.”

Theaster Gates, the Chicago-based Cross-Disciplinary Artist and Urban Visionary, Has Joined Gagosian Gallery

Culture Type

December 2018

By Victoria L Valentine

CHICAGO-BASED ARTIST Theaster Gates is now represented by Gagosian gallery. Over the past decade, Gates has gained global renown for his unique social practice focused on preservation, restoration, and archiving. Constantly traveling, he has captivated the international art world with his vision for transforming communities through art, cultural development, and social engagement.

To Theaster Gates, Art And Redevelopment Are One And The Same

Forbes

December 2018

By Joe Gose

For the last several years, Theaster Gates has combined his urban planning and artistic talents to revive impoverished neighborhoods in his hometown of Chicago while preserving local heritage and black history. 

Gagosian to Represent Chicago-Based Artist Theaster Gates

ARTNEWS

November 2018

By Andy Battaglia 

Gagosian gallery will represent Theaster Gates, with plans for a first show with the Chicago-based artist in New York in spring 2020.

Bono, David Adjaye and Theaster Gates discuss their Red auction

Financial Times

November 2018

By Rachel Spence

The unassuming façades of London’s Kentish Town do not whisper that celebrities hide within. Yet this is where photographer Rankin has his studio. It is also where I find my triumvirate of interviewees: architect David Adjaye, contemporary artist Theaster Gates and rock legend Bono.

Speaking Volumes: Best New Art Books

Vanity Fair London

November 2018

By Honey Luard

Pure, uncompromising and unapologetic artist books are all too rare in mainstream publishing. To overcome this, the irrepressible Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates has set up his own imprint, Black Madonna Press, as just one more weapon in an arsenal at the service of his socially engaged ventures. 

Artists Theaster Gates, Trevor Paglen, Tania Brugera, Hank Willis Thomas, Rashid Johnson, encourage communities to be civically minded through through the billboards

Document Journal

October 2018

By Caroline Christie

Ahead of November’s midterms, artists will run billboards in every US State plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, that, according to its organizers, is the “largest creative collaboration in US history.”

Artist, Planner Theaster Gates Is 2018 Recipient of ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development

Urban Land

October 2018

By Justin Arnold

Internationally acclaimed artist and urban planner Theaster Gates, whose rise to prominence began with his use of art and culture to revive underserved neighborhoods in his hometown of Chicago, has been named the 2018 recipient of the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. Gates was awarded the prize by Michael Spies, ULI governing trustee and 2018 Nichols Prize jury chairman, during the opening general session of the 2018 ULI Fall Meeting.

JPMorgan Chase Gives $300,000 to Theaster Gates’s Rebuild Foundation in Chicago

ARTNEWS

October 2018

By Alex Greenberger 

As part of a three-year plan to give $40 million in grants to organizations in Chicago’s South and West Sides, JPMorgan Chase has made a $300,000 philanthropic investment in the Rebuild Foundation, a nonprofit run by the artist Theaster Gates that facilitates free arts programming and various initiatives primarily intended to reach the black community in the South Side.

David Adjaye and Theaster Gates to Curate (RED) Auction with Bono at Design Miami

Architectural Digest

October 2018

By Carly Olson

Add another item to your Design Miami calendar—Sotheby's is bringing its high-design offerings to the Florida's buzziest city this December. AD100 architect David Adjaye and artist Theaster Gates—in collaboration with musician Bono—have curated the third Sotheby's (RED) Auction to benefit the fight against AIDS. Sotheby's first two (RED) auctions in 2008 and 2013 raised a total of $68 million, which funded HIV/AIDS programs in Africa. Proceeds from this sale will support community-driven AIDS programs in Africa as well as the Rebuild Foundation, a Chicago-based cultural development organization founded by Gates.

 

Stony Island Arts Bank: Reclaiming community and black history, through the arts

Chicago Sun Times

July 2018


By Maudlyne Ihejirika

Sitting on the back of a leather armchair that once occupied the offices of Johnson Publishing Co., artist Theaster Gates gestures toward a two-story wall of books that also belonged to the Ebony/Jet publisher.

'Johnson Publishing' exhibit shows off company's design flair — without a plexiglass museum case

Chicago Tribune

July 2018

By Steve Johnson

In the title of “A Johnson Publishing Story,” the new exhibition looking at the longtime powerhouse of African-American print media, the indefinite article is key.

 

Theaster Gates: 'The male, Caucasian world as we've known it is over'

The Guardian

July 2018

By Steve Rose

Whether he’s saving condemned buildings, playing jazz or redistributing Frankie Knuckles’s record collection, the artist wants to spread the word about the black experience – and point the way to salvation

Theaster Gates salutes the spaces where Ebony and Jet happened

Chicago Sun Times

July 2018


By Bill Stamets

“A Johnson Publishing Story,” an exhibition that opened in Chicago last week, memorializes the iconic tastes of the late John and Eunice Johnson, pioneers in African-American publishing, fashion and cosmetics. Chicago artist/developer Theaster Gates has installed select furnishings from the Johnson Publishing Co. offices in the Ebony/Jet building that opened in 1972.

Theaster Gates and the art of the Black Madonna

The Economist

June 2018

By Prospero

The artist has delved into magazine archives to create powerful images of “the everyday black woman”

Theaster Gates: ‘There’s no better Madonna than my mother’

The Art Newspaper

June 2018

By Helen Stoilas

Using the $100,000 he won as part of the Nasher Sculpture Center’s 2018 Nasher Prize, Theaster Gates bought himself a printer. Not your ordinary inkjet printer—not even a cutting-edge 3D printer—but a German-made, Heidelberg Windmill printing press.

Theaster Gates: ‘Please Support Artists Who Live in Your Cities’

ARTNEWS

June 2018

By Andrew Russeth

At a dinner last night at an event space in a sprawling garden north of Basel’s main drag that was given in honor of his current exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel, after heartfelt speeches from his dealers Jay Jopling and Shaun Regen, the artist Theaster Gates bounded up to the microphone and launched into a section of “It’s My Party” as everyone put down their forks and knives and the volume of the speakers was adjusted so that everyone could hear him.

Theaster Gates cuts performances direct-to-vinyl on VF Lathe at Black Madonna exhibition in Basel

Vinyl Factory

June 2018

By Anton Spice

Gates launches new label Black Madonna Press with The Black Monks Of Mississippi EP.

Artist and archivist Theaster Gates will explore the cult of the Black Madonna across two venues of the Kunstmuseum in Basel this summer. Turning two floors of the museum into a space of creative production, Gates has set up a temporary sound studio and printing workshop where live performances and interventions by the artist will take place.

Theaster Gates Encourages Colby Seniors to Create Abundance and Share It

Colby News

May 2018

Acclaimed contemporary artist Theaster Gates told Colby seniors to use their brains and hands to make the invisible visible, create an abundance worth sharing, and change the world for the better.

Colby College appoints artist Theaster Gates to new three-year residency

Portland Press Herald

April 2018

By Bob Keyes

Theaster Gates, a visual artist with a background in urban art, will serve as a visiting artist and director of artist initiatives at the Lunder Institute for American Art at Colby College in Waterville. Sharon Corwin, director of the Colby College Museum of Art, announced the appointment Wednesday afternoon.

Theaster Gates Joins Colby College’s Lunder Institute for American Art

The New York Times

April 2018

By Peter Libbey

Theaster Gates, a Chicago artist known for his engagement with urban issues, is coming to Waterville, Me., a city with a population of roughly 16,000.

THEASTER GATES UNVEILS PLANS FOR NEW CULTURE PARK IN CHICAGO

Artforum

May 2017

Artist Theaster Gates and the University of Chicago intend to build a new $1.5 million park located along Garfield Boulevard, which would include footpaths for pedestrians, areas for outdoor performances and movie screenings, and new lighting and fencing.

Using Discards to Build Art (and Rebuild a City)

The New York Times

March 2017

By Hilarie M. Sheets

“It’s a super-interesting moment to be at the National Gallery, where the question of what it means to be an American, and what kind of American are you, has a new kind of resonance,” said Theaster Gates, the sculptor, installation and performance artist and urban interventionist, whose exhibition “The Minor Arts” opened there this month in Washington.

Theaster Gates Starts Artisan and Craft Workforce Training Program in Chicago

ARTNEWS

November 2016

By Robin Scher

Today the Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates, operating under the banner of his nonprofit Rebuild Foundation, announced the launch of Dorchester Industries, a self-described “workforce training and apprenticeships initiative for un- or underemployed people across the South Side of Chicago.”