Theaster Gates - Wired: Online Auction London Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Kunsthaus Bregenz
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Kunsthaus Bregenz, Theaster Gates: Black Archive, 24 April - 26 June 2016 (another example exhibited)

  • 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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Tar baby

tar on Basswood doll's head
25.2 x 28 x 21.6 cm (9 7/8 x 11 x 8 1/2 in.)
Executed in 2016, this work is number 11 from an edition of 25 unique variants plus 5 artist's proofs.

£5,000 - 7,000 

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Wired: Online Auction

Online Auction 27 October - 3 November 2021