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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.

He joins Gagosian with an eye toward making more work. Trained in ceramics, urban planning and religious studies, his studio practice spans sculpture, paintings, sound and performance.

In 2010, Gates established the Rebuild Foundation as “a platform for art, cultural development, and neighborhood transformation.” From that base, he has activated dormant buildings, creating spaces for arts programming, cultural studies, and community gathering and inaugurated a menu of projects, initiatives, and workforce opportunities.