Theaster Gates - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, March 8, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago
    Private Collection
    Sotheby's, London, 18 October 2013, lot 113
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Chicago, Kavi Gupta Gallery; Los Angeles, The Museum of Contemporary Art, An Epitaph for Civil Rights and Other Domesticated Structures, 30 April 2011 - 13 February 2012

  • 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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Black Box II

wood, laminate, plastic and glass
117.5 x 81 x 50.3 cm (46 1/4 x 31 7/8 x 19 3/4 in.)
Executed in 2011.

£20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for £21,250

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 9 March 2018