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Theaster Gates

What Every Artist Needs To Know About Fighting Gentrification

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 05.09.2016 | Arts

Artists don’t have to be “pawns” in neighborhood gentrification and displacement -- instead, they can fight it, and be a force to build more inc...

After an Untimely Death, an Artist's Legacy Lives On in the Museum He Founded

MutualArt | Posted 05.01.2016 | Arts

"Ultimately, I want to change the way people view art, the way people buy art, the way they make art."

Theaster Gates: Black Archive (VIDEO)

VernissageTV | Posted 04.25.2016 | Arts

Theaster Gates became known for the Dorchester Projects, a series of vacant buildings in Chicago that he renovated and rehabilitated with a team of yo...

This Abandoned Bank Was Transformed Into A Gorgeous Arts Center

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 10.15.2015 | Business

What do you do with an old bank you bought for just a dollar? Turn it into Chicago's newest cultural center, of course. When the dilapidated, century-...

Why This Week is THE Time to Be In Chicago

MutualArt | Posted 09.17.2015 | Arts

"There is a palpable buzz in the air around EXPO this year," gallery owner Monique Meloche reported in the run-up to the fourth edition of EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, which takes place on Navy Pier, September 17-20, 2015.

Priscilla Frank

Four New Projects For The Future Of Public Art | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.23.2015 | Arts

Powerful works of public art can change the way we see, the way we live. Those in and around New York City in 2005 likely remember a certain 16 da...

How One Artist Is Working To Build A 'Mini-Versailles' On Chicago's South Side

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.26.2015 | Arts

For acclaimed Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates, community revival all comes back to his training as a potter -- a practice in which “you very qui...

3 Recycled Structures That Beautifully Transformed Their Communities

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 07.12.2014 | Travel

To keep an old building, or bust it down and build something new in its place? Such is the question facing developers who want to increase property va...

Conversation With Theaster Gates: On Finding the Sweetest Fodder for His Imagination

Kisa Lala | Posted 06.16.2014 | Arts
Kisa Lala

"Brick and clay have the potential to be... well, they only have the limitations of the maker."

Theaster's Way

Gina Athena Ulysse | Posted 04.06.2014 | Arts
Gina Athena Ulysse

Theaster Gates has been dubbed "the real-estate artist," "the opportunity artist," "an anthropologist, urbanist, activist -- the 21st-century artist,"...

Studio Life: Inside the Artist's Studio With Sarah Trigg

MutualArt | Posted 11.24.2013 | Arts

Rather than being examined by a curator or art critic, fellow artist Sarah Trigg delves into the minds and studios of artists across the country, on a quest for an intimate view of the art making process and an alternative approach to understanding art.

U Of C Washington Park Arts Incubator Opens

Posted 03.09.2013 | Chicago

Story by Sam Cholke, via DNAinfo Chicago: WASHINGTON PARK — The University of Chicago celebrated the opening of its new Arts Incubator Friday mor...

A Day of Art at the Seattle Art Museum

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 08.07.2012 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

It was a full and comfortable day at the Seattle Art Museum. I left with the pleasurable sensation of a visit to a world-class museum both in collections and environment.

Artist and Cultural Planner, Theaster Gates

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 05.19.2012 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Theaster brings together the disciplines of ceramics, urban planning and religious studies to focus on the concept of transformation and re-imagining possibilities in his artwork of sculptures made from the gutted materials of his rehabbed home.

Museums for Tolerance

Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson | Posted 02.06.2012 | Arts
Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson

The idea that art can broaden awareness of and exposure to "other" cultures is particularly well expressed in Los Angeles right now.

L.A. Art Conflict?

Paul Klein | Posted 12.02.2011 | Arts
Paul Klein

Theaster Gates' show at the L.A. Museum of Contemporary of Art is powerful and exemplary -- and totally incongruous in the context of the other art in the 40,000-square-foot former police station that is the Geffen Contemporary.

Breadth on View, Depth in Mind

Paul Klein | Posted 07.06.2011 | Chicago
Paul Klein

I'm impressed with the diversity of art on view in Chicago, which I find emblematic of Chicago. I don't see a prevailing aesthetic. I see well-made art.