Theaster Gates

1973 · United States

Artist biography

Theaster Gates is a mid-career established artist, who was born in the the United States, like other renowned artists such as Terry O’neil, Robert Grosvenor, Jane Evelyn Atwood, Maka, and Judith Geichman. Theaster Gates was born in 1973.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Multiple galleries around the world represent and exhibit Theaster Gates' work, including galleries in countries such as the United Kingdom, Italy, and the United States. Galleries include White Cube | Bermondsey in the United Kingdom, Gagosian | Rome in Italy, as well as Regen Projects in the United States. Theaster Gates' work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Afro-Mingei at White Cube | Mason's Yard in London, the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 23 May 2019 until 20 June 2019. Theaster Gates' other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Memory Palace (11 July 2018 - 15 September 2018) at White Cube | Mason's Yard in the United Kingdom and DESIRE OF THE OTHER (23 September 2018 - 03 October 2018) at Annka Kultys Gallery | London in the United Kingdom. Theaster Gates' first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Memory Palace and took place at White Cube | Mason's Yard in London, the United Kingdom from the 11 July 2018 to 15 September 2018.

Theaster Gates in private collections

Theaster Gates' works can be seen in Jimenez -Colon Collection collection on Artland. This collection also contains works by renowned artists Petra Cortright, Hur Kyung-Ae, and Sarah Derat.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a prominent country in the development of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, particularly in the post war period, when the cultural status of New York assumed primacy over Paris, formerly thought of as the most significant art hub internationally. Major art movements established and fostered in important ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in diverse forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast branches, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern echoes of these many types. In the modern and contemporary age, the United States has cultivated a prevailing influence upon the visual culture of the World, due to the dominion of its economic and political systems. Key examples of world renowned U.S artists of the modern and contemporary era include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Theaster Gates

Born in 1973, Theaster Gates was predominantly inspired by the 1990s growing up. A collective of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a varied group of practitioners. Many of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most renowned member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became known for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an outlook that was defiant yet commercial. Due to the high amount of media coverage that they received, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. The art world was influenced by a number of trends throughout the decade, and was characterised by the derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and sensitive, conceptual advancements as represented in the work of artists including Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Theaster Gates

  • Artworks in Collections 3
  • Exhibitions 13

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