Theaster Gates: Black Archive

Theaster Gates: Black Archive
Library Shelf Location 18.GATE
Publication Date 2017

Transferring what has been rejected from everyday life or urban space into art and thus supplying it with a new usefulness, is one of Theaster Gatesʼ fundamental artistic strategies.

The sculptures and often spatially invasive works for Kunsthaus Bregenz, some of them new, follow this position. A selection of the collection that Gates calls ‘Negrobilia’, which has been compiled over the years by Edward J. and Ana J. Williams with the intention of removing these objects from the market and matter-of-course visibility, is shown for the first time.

Contributions by Romi Crawford and Jackie Stewart broach Gatesʼ complex Black Archive, as a critical confrontation with social and political themes. Thomas D. Trummer examines the artistic concept that underlies the exhibition in Bregenz.

Large-format illustrations of earlier work and in particular the new works realized for Bregenz, as well as a carefully compiled biography and bibliography, offer a comprehensive insight into the work of the American artist.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition Theaster Gates: Black Archive at Kunsthaus Bregenz, 23 April — 26 June 2016.

ISBN 9783863359133
Quantity 1
Pages 328
Format Hardback
Publisher Walther Koenig
Related Artist Theaster Gates
Category Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team)
Keywords Found objects, socio-political, Race (concept), cultural artifacts
Languages English, German

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