One of only a handful of publications on this internationally acclaimed artist; highly accessible and informative volume exploring Gates’s practice.
Using new photography, a transcript of an artist talks and film stills from recent works this book provides special focus and background on the artists’ engagement with interraciality.
Described by Art Review as ‘one of the most influential people in the contemporary art world in 2018’, Theaster Gates (b. 1973, Chicago) explores the complex and interweaving issues of race, territory and inequality as a socially engaged artist. Living and working in Chicago, Gates began his career studying urban planning, followed by ceramics, both of which continue to inform his work.
At the heart of the book, Gates looks at the history of Malaga island in Maine, USA. In 1912, the state governor evicted the island’s ethnically diverse population with no offer of housing or support. Gates’s body of work – sculpture, installation, film, music and dance – responds to this little-known story, connecting it with the wider history of African-American people. A new film called ‘Dance of Malaga 2019’ features the choreography of acclaimed American dancer Kyle Abraham, and a highlight of the publication are the many beautiful stills from the film.
Through a combination of essays, Theaster Gates’s own words and a careful selection of illustrations, this publication will underline the artist’s influence in contemporary art and interracial relationships, while its accessible approach will appeal to all.