Theaster Gates

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Theaster Gates’s Black Chapel Serpentine pavilion review – a welcoming labour of love
Gates uses an artist’s touch to create a dignified, Staffordshire kiln-inspired structure that celebrates community and work – and honours his late father

Rowan Moore

12, Jun, 2022 @10:00 AM

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A monument to a roofer that lets in the rain: Theaster Gates’s Serpentine Pavilion
The Chicago-based artist has punched a huge hole in the roof of his Black Chapel. Could a downpour add one further thrilling sonic dimension to its programme of Gregorian chants, jazz recitals and Japanese tea ceremonies?

Oliver Wainwright

07, Jun, 2022 @9:41 AM

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‘It’s got great drainage!’ – Theaster Gates on his open-to-the-elements Serpentine pavilion
Inspired by the kilns of Stoke-on-Trent, the Chicago artist’s Black Chapel will host bands, including his own, and also provide ‘a place of quietude’ where even the British weather is welcome

Oliver Wainwright

03, Feb, 2022 @11:45 AM

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The best art and architecture of 2021 – the year the galleries reopened
As the galleries reopened, Jean Dubuffet was recast as an incendiary prophet, Poussin revealed his raunchy side – and a giant Swedish ‘plyscraper’ showed the miracle of wood. Our critics rank the highlights of 2021

Adrian Searle, Jonathan Jones and Oliver Wainwright

20, Dec, 2021 @9:46 AM

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‘Clay feels perverse’ – Theaster Gates on working on Obama’s library and going back to pottery
The superstar ‘social artist’ has revived derelict buildings and rescued a legendary record collection – but in lockdown, as two new UK exhibitions show, it was singing and throwing pots that made him happy

Alex Needham

21, Oct, 2021 @5:00 AM

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From a cookie jar to couplets and cocaine – Theaster Gates: A Clay Sermon review
This sprawling trio of exhibitions collects objects from many sources, marked by sometimes traumatic history, alongside Gates’s own, magnificent work

Adrian Searle

29, Sep, 2021 @7:10 AM

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From Hokusai to Himid: the unmissable art and architecture of autumn 2021
Hokusai explodes into Britain, Sebastião Salgado paddles up the Amazon, Lubaina Himid gets a retrospective – and an eccentric postmodern bath finally opens to the public

Adrian Searle, Jonathan Jones , Oliver Wainwright and Sean O’Hagan

26, Aug, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Theaster Gates: 'Art and protest are forms of political thought'
The artist talks about the work behind his first ever New York show, Black Vessel, and why white supremacy still threatens vital cultural institutions

Laura Feinstein

22, Oct, 2020 @7:31 AM

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Theaster Gates: Amalgam review – memorial to America’s island of shame
The American artist uses music, installations and film in a moving monument to the fate of a post-slavery community in offshore Maine

Laura Cumming

15, Dec, 2019 @9:00 AM

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Theaster Gates review – a shocking lament for the ransacked paradise of Malaga
Tate Liverpool
The US artist has turned his powerful gaze on Malaga, a self-determined, racially mixed island that was cleared of its inhabitants – and the bones of their ancestors

Adrian Searle

13, Dec, 2019 @4:55 PM

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'My duty as a black man': the artist preserving gazebo where police killed Tamir Rice
Theaster Gates collects neglected black cultural objects in the hopes of preserving and displaying complicated history of race in America

André Wheeler

22, Nov, 2019 @9:00 AM

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Theaster Gates: 'The male, Caucasian world as we've known it is over'
Whether he’s saving condemned buildings, playing jazz or redistributing Frankie Knuckles’s record collection, the artist wants to spread the word about the black experience – and point the way to salvation

Steve Rose in Basel

03, Jul, 2018 @3:21 PM

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