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  • Provenance

    White Cube, London

  • Artist Biography

    Theaster Gates

    American • 1973

    Theaster Gates has expanded the definition of what it means to be an artist. Trained in urban planning, religious studies and fine arts, Gates has developed an expanded practice that works to bridge the gap between art and life. Encompassing sculpture, installation, performance and urban interventions, Gates’s practice aims to function as a catalyst for social engagement to engender political and spatial change. Gates is widely known for forming the Rebuild Foundation in Chicago as a not-for-profit engine to rebuild the cultural foundation of underinvested neighborhoods. Perhaps Gates’s most ambitious urban development project is The Dorchester Project, the transformation of an abandoned building in Chicago’s South Side into a cultural hub. Gates has described this project as “real estate art”, as part of a “circular ecological system” whereby the sale of sculptures and works of art that were created from the materials salvaged from their interior finance the renovation of the buildings.
     

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Property from an Important West Coast Collection

228

Afrostack

2012
concrete, porcelain, glass and book
50 3/16 x 12 3/8 x 12 in. (127.5 x 31.4 x 30.5 cm)
Signed "Theaster Gates" on a label affixed to the underside of the base.

Estimate
$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $27,500

Contact Specialist
John McCord
Head of Day Sale
New York
+1 212 940 1261

20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York Auction 10 May 2016