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Bibliography

Monographs, solo exhibition catalogues and artist books

  • Theaster Gates: True Value (Fondazione Prada, Milan 2016); texts by Theaster Gates, Niccolò Gravina and Alvira Dyangani Ose
  • Cotter, Suzanne, Jacqueline Najuma Stewart and OUR LITERAL SPEED, The Black Monastic: Theaster Gates (Fundação de Serralves, Porto 2016)
  • Becker, Carol, Lisa Yun Lee and Achim Borchardt-Hume, Theaster Gates (Phaidon, London 2015)
  • Theaster Gates: 12 Ballads for the Huguenot House (DOCUMENTA (13); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Koning, Cologne 2012); texts by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiec, Madeleine Grynsztein, Michael Darling and Matthew Day Jackson
  • Theaster Gates (Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago 2012)
  • Brown, Bill, Fred Moten and Jacqueline Terrassa, Theaster Gates: My Labor is My Protest (White Cube, London 2012)
  • Theaster Gates (Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago 2011) 

Monographs, solo exhibition catalogues and artist books

  • AP, Lars, Fucking Flink Dig Selv (People’s Press, Copenhagen 2015) pp. 146 - 147
  • Garret, Craig, Akademie X: Lessons in Art + Life (Phaidon, London 2015)
  • Fuenmayor, Jesús (ed.) Impulse, Reason, Sense, Conflict: Abstract are from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection December 3, 2014-March 29 2015 (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation CIFO 2014)
  • Helfenstein, Josef and Joseph N. Newland (eds.) Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence (The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas 2014)
  • Haynes, Lauren, Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art (The Studio Museum, Harlem, New York 2014); texts by Romi Crawford, Hank Willis Thomas, Siobhan Carter-David, Elizabeth Alexander and Thelma Golden
  • Downey, Anthony, Art and Politics Now (Thames & Hudson, London 2014)
  • Kirschenmann, Johannes and Frank Schulz, Moderne Kunst: Zugänge zu ihrem Verständnis (Ernst Klett Verlag, Stuttgart, Germany 2014) p.266
  • Beard, Lee and Rebecca Morrill (eds.), The Twenty-First Century Art Book (Phaidon, London 2014); texts by Jonathan Griffin, Paul Harper, David Trigg and Eliza Williams, p.95
  • Ermacora, Beate and Sylvia Martin (ed), Living in a Material World: Materiality in Contemporary Art (Kunstmuseen Krefeld Museen Haus Lange Haus Esters, Germany; Galerie im Taxipalais, Innsbruck, Austria; and Snoeck Publishing, Koln, Germany 2014)
  • Point of View: African American Art from the Elliot and Kimberly Perry Collection (Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and Flint Institute of Art 2014)
  • Smith, Stephanie, Feast: Radical hospitality in contemporary art (Smart Museum of Art, Chicago and University of Chicago 2013); texts by various authors pp.188-199, p.389
  • Ulrich Obrist, Hans (ed.), Do It: The Compendium (Independent Curators International, New York/DAP 2013)
  • R Bell, Nicholas, 40 under 40: Craft Futures (Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington 2012)
  • Zorach, Rebecca (ed.), My Name is Dave: A Hymnal (Milwaukee Art Museum/ Chipstone Foundation, Milwaukee 2010); texts by Theaster Gates, Leroy Bach and Ethan W Lasser, Dan S Wang. 

Newspaper and magazine articles

  • Campbell-Johnston, Rachel, ‘Here’s an artist who might actually change the world’, The Times, 29 May 2015, p. 12
  • Searle, Adrian, ‘First night: In this bombed-out ruin, anything might happen’, The Guardian, 31 October 2015, p. 21
  • Nathanson, Hannah, ‘Creative Review: Best Upcoming Shows’, Vogue, November 2015, p. 138
  • Un-authored, ‘Exhibitions: Theaster Gates, Bristol’, The Guardian Guide, 24 – 30 October 2015, p. 37
  • Ellis-Petersen, Hannah, ‘Artists as activists inspire art power list but dealers dominate’, The Guardian, 22 October 2015, p.12
  • Judah, Hettie, ‘Bristol prepares for a ministry of sound’, The Independent on Sunday, 18 October 2015, pp. 2 - 3
  • ‘Morning Links: Sound Sanctuary Edition’, Artnews.com, 2 June 2015
  • Shaw, Anny, ‘Theaster Gates plans ‘sound sanctuary’ in disused church’, Theartnewspaper.com, 2 June 2015
  • Campbell-Johnston, Rachel, ‘Here’s an artist who might actually change the world’, The Times, 29 May 2015
  • Harris, Gareth, ‘Material Worth’, FT Weekend, 23/24 May 2015, p.16
  • Luke, Ben, ‘Theaster Gates, White Cube, review: Disused Chicago buildings create impressive show’, Standard.co.uk, 11 May 2015, p. 38
  • Adams, Tim, ‘The Cover Story: Beauty out of Chaos’, The Observer (The New Review), 3 May 2015, pp. 1 and 8-11
  • Searle, Adrian, ‘Nuts bolts and art: the man who turned a hardware store into hard cash’, Theguardian.com, 28 April 2015
  • Noakes, Gary, ‘Artes Mundi winner splits prize money’, museumsassociation.org, 26 January 2015
  • Un-authored, ‘Artes Mundi prize winner Theaster Gates splits £40,000 with nominees’, artlyst.com, 24 January 2015
  • Un-authored, ‘Theaster Gates wins the Artes Mundi 6 Prize 2015’, e-flux.com, 24 January 2015
  • D. Shea, Christopher, ‘Theaster Gates, Artes Mundi recipient, to share prize money’, nytimes.com, 23 January 2015
  • ‘Let’s split this!’ Theaster Gates shares £40k prize’, phaidon.com, 23 January 2015
  • Moss, Richards, ‘Socially engaged Chicago based artist Theaster Gates wins the £40,000 Artes Mundi prize’, culture24.org.uk, 22 January 2015
  • Price, Karen 'Artes Mundi 6: Chicago artist Theaster Gates wins £40k prize... and vows to share winnings with fellow finalists’, walesonline.co.uk, 22 January 2015
  • Wright, Karen, ‘Why can’t the Turner Prize be like this?’, The Independent, 19 January 2015, p.40-41
  • Bass, Chloë, ‘Standing up: Bill T Jones and Theaster Gates discuss their collaboration’, hyperallergic.com, 12 November, 2014
  • Younge, Gary, ‘The regeneration game’, The Guardian, 7 October 2014, pp.10-11
  • Hohenadel, Kristin, ‘Most Creative People 2014: Theaster Gates’, Fastcompany.com, 12 May 2014
  • Cholke, Sam, 'Theaster Gates Gets $3.5M Grant to Push Arts as a Tool for Revitalization', Dnainfo.com, 8 May 2014
  • Minutillo, Josephine, 'Newsmaker: Theaster Gates', Archrecord.construction.com, 30 April 2014
  • Lala, Kisa, 'Conversation With Theaster Gates: On Finding the Sweetest Fodder for His Imagination', Huffingtonpost.com, 16 April 2014
  • Ulyssee, Gina Athena, ‘Theaster’s Way’, Huffingtonpost.com, 2 February 2014
  • Colapinto, John, 'The real-estate artist', Newyorker.com, 20 January 2014
  • ’Force of Nature’, Lux, Issue 3, 2013, pp.84-89
  • Austen, Ben, 'Chicago’s Opportunity Artist: Can the social sculptor Theaster Gates turn the inner city into art?', Nytimes.com, 20 December 2013
  • Each, Mary, 'The Art of Change: Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Theaster Gates', Splash.suntimes.com, 17 December 2013
  • 'Artes Mundi UK’s Biggest Contemporary Art Prize Shortlist Revealed', Artlyst.com, 13 December 2013
  • Amirsadeghi, Hossein, 'Artist's at Work', Financial Times Weekend, Ft.com, 1 November 2013
  • Copeland, Huey, ‘Dark mirrors: Huey Copeland on Theaster Gates and Ebony’, Artforum.com, October 2013
  • Harris, Melissa, ‘Artist Theaster Gates quietly brings about 100 black contemporaries to Chicago for retreat’, Chicagotribune.com, 3 October 2013
  • Jones, Jonathan, ‘Artists see utopia as a land of whimsy not reality’, The Guardian, 4 July 2013
  • MacMillan, Kyle, ‘Theaster Gates MCA exhibit his first major solo effort’, suntimes.com, 16 May 2013
  • Solway, Diane, 'The change agent', Wmagazine.com, June 2013
  • Solway, Diane, ‘The change agent’, W, June/July 2013, pp.22, 97-101
  • Walker Burke, Cassie and Elly Fishman, ‘Theaster Gates: The rise of an unconventional art star’, Chicagomag.com, May 2013
  • Klein, Paul, 'Chicago Art: Migration, transformation, absence, presence & a damn good list', Huffingtonpost.com, 18 May 2013
  • Un-authored, 'A visit to Theaster Gates’s 13th Ballad at the MCA today', Chicagomag.com, 17 May 2013
  • Macmillan, Kyle, 'Theaster Gates MCA exhibit his first major solo effort ', Suntimes.com, 16 May 2013
  • Borrelli, Christopher, ‘Theaster Gates makes no small plans for U of C arts incubator’, Chicagotribune.com, 7 March 2013
  • Zhukova, Dasha, ‘The alternative energy of Theaster Gates’, Garage, No. 4, Spring/Summer 2013, pp. 120-127
  • Marcum, Anna, ‘Creative time global residency program winners announced’, artinamericamagazine.com, 31 January 2013
  • Sutton, Benjamin, ‘Theaster Gates, Duke Riley, Suzanne Lacy, and more receive creative time global residencies’, blogs.artinfo.com, 31 January 2013
  • Un-authored, ‘Theaster Gates’, bloomberg.com, 17 December 2012
  • Finch, Justin and Lisa Orkin Emmanuel, ‘Artist Theaster Gates contemplates the idea of work on the sidelines if Art Basel’, nbcmiami.com, 7 December 2012
  • Biga, Leo Adam, ‘Carver Building REbirthed as Arts-culture haven; Theaster Gates, Rebuild and Bemis Reimagine North Omaha’, leoadambiga.com, 5 December 2012
  • Lebowitz, Cathy, ‘Sensibility of the times revisited’, Art in America, December 2013, p.166
  • Sperber, Irene, ‘Locust Projects presents Theaster Gates, Soul Manufacturing Corporation’, miamiartzine.com, 25 November 2012
  • Samuels, Ju’lia, ‘Theaster Gates experimental art gallery exhibit’, miamitimesonline.com, 22 November 2012
  • Uszerowicz, Monica, ‘Here’s the thing: Theaster Gates’ “Soul Manufacturing Corporation” asks, what does it mean to make things?’, saltyeggs.com, 21 November 2012
  • Un-authored, ‘Radical presence: black performance in comtemporary art’, harlemworldmag.com, 21 November 2012
  • Un-authored, ‘Locust Projects presents “Soul Manufacturing Corporation” by Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates’, Artdaily.org, 14 November 2012
  • ‘Theaster Gates awarded Vera List prize’, bigredandshiny.com, 13 November 2012
  • ‘Theaster Gates Soul Manufacturing Corporation’, art-agenda.com, 12 November 2012
  • Jovanovic, Rozalia, ‘Theaster Gates gets approval for transfer of abandoned Chicago Bank for latest public project’, Gelleristny.com, 10 November 2012
  • Tschida, Anne, ‘When Theaster Gates builds it, we should come’, Knightarts.org, 6 November 2012
  • Un-authored, ‘Theaster Gates’ labor is his protest’, Tracymetz.com, 4 November 2012
  • Un-authored, ‘The power 100’, ArtReview, Issue 63, November 2012, p.132
  • Un-authored, ‘Theaster Gates awarded inaugural Vera List Center prize for art and politics’, artslant.com, November 2012
  • Crow, Kelly, ‘The artist next door’, Online.wsj.com, 25 October 2012
  • Angelotti, Martina, ‘Theaster Gates: the artist as activator’, Domusweb.it, 23 October 2012
  • Jovanovic, Rozalia, ‘Set piece: artist Theaster Gates tries stage design for Marc Bamuthi Joseph Project at BAM’, Galleristny.com, 16 October 2012
  • Jovanovic, Rozalia, ‘Theaster Gates gets approval for transfer of abandoned Chicago Bank for latest public project’, Galleristny.com, 11 October 2012
  • Odufunade, Bomi, ‘The artist: Theastestandinghr Gates’, Ariselive.com, 8 October 2012
  • Buck, Louisa, ‘Like father, like son’, The Art Newspaper, No.239, October 2012, p.56
  • Godfrey, Mark, ‘Designs for life’, Frieze, No.149, September 2012, pp.120-127
  • Jane, ‘My labor is my protest’, Weareoca.com, 24 September 2012
  • Un-authored, ‘Theaster Gates: My labor is my protest’, Blackcontemoraryart.tumblr.com, 20 September 2012
  • Luke, Ben, ‘Theaster Gates: My labor is my protest’, Evening Standard, 20 September 2012, pp.60 and 61
  • Coxhead, Gabriel, ‘Theaster Gates: My labor is my protest’, Time Out London, 20-26 September 2012, p.49
  • Un-authored, ‘Theaster Gates: My labor is my protest: White Cube Bermondsey: London’, Fetishform.wordpress.com, 15 September 2012
  • Bivens, Becky, ‘The Fringe’, Printfriendly.com, 13 September 2012
  • Ise, Claudine, ‘Art director Theaster Gates is rehabbing culture’, Chicagotribune.com, 13 September 2012
  • Wullschlager, Jackie, ‘Theaster Gates: My labor is my protest’, Financial Times, 8-9 September 2012, p.17
  • Tittel, Cornelius, ‘Er hat nicht nur einen Traum’, Kultur, 2 September 2012
  • Viveros-Fauné, Christian, ‘The mayor and artists agree: art should be useful’, The Art Newspaper, No.238, September 2012, pp.15-17
  • Stoilas, Helen, ‘Inside the house that Theaster built’, The Art Newspaper, No.238, September 2012, pp.18-19
  • Harris, Melissa, ‘South Side artist’s latest project: Saving long-abandoned bank’, Chicagotribune.com, 5 August 2012
  • Buhr, Elke, ‘Kassel kriegt den Blues’, Monopol, August 2012, pp.62-71
  • McGraw, Hesse, ‘Theaster Gates: Radical Reform with Everyday Tools’, Afterall, No. 30, Summer 2012, pp.89-99
  • Viveros-Faune, Christian, ‘Theaster Gates’, Art Review, No.56, January-February 2012, pp.1, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70 and 71
  • Wei, Lilly, ‘Theaster Gates: In the studio with Lilly Wei’, Art in America, December 2011, pp.121-128
  • The International Review of African American Art, “Theaster Gates: Cultural Collisions for a New Public Space”, vol. 23 no. 2, 2010
  • Jettison Quarterly, “A Q&A Session with Theaster Gates”, Fall 2010
  • ARTslanT, “The Slant on Theaster Gates”, May 2010
  • Chicago Magazine, “Urban Outfitter: Fresh off the Whitney Biennial, Theaster Gates Jr. shakes up his hometown art fair”, May 2010
  • Time Out Chicago Magazine, “Clay Feat: Theaster Gates and a gospel choir engage a slave potter’s legacy at the Milwaukee Art Museum”, April 10, 2010
  • Time Out, Opening of “To Speculate Darkly, Chicago, April 15, 2010 The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,
  • Milwaukee, WI, April 2010
  • New City, “Artist Theaster Gates Can't Stop Reaching New Heights”, March 31, 2010
  • Chicago Tribune, “Artists gear up for Armory: Local talent represented at international fair, Biennial exhibition in New York”, March 4, 2010
  • The Village Voice, “Welcome to the Mixed-Up, Dialed-Down 2010 Whitney Biennial: Bye-bye bling! The new realists win out this year”, March 2, 2010
  • Smart Museum of Art, “Heartland”, October 1, 2009
  • Bad at Sports – Contemporary Art Talk, August 2, 2009
  • Chicago Now – Art Talk Chicago, “Theaster Gates: Chicago’s Very Public Artist”, June 16, 2009
  • Proximity Contemporary Art & Culture, May 2009
  • White hot Magazine, “Theaster Gates @ the Museum of Contemporary Art”, February 2009
  • Chicago Weekly, “The Space Between: Artist Theaster Gates Bridges the Gap Between Culture and Community”, January 22, 2009
  • Newcity Art, “Portrait of an Artist: Theaster Gates”, January 12, 2009
  • The University of Chicago Chronicle, Vol. 28 No. 1, “University, South Side communities can feast on the arts with Arcopia Events”, September 25, 2008
  • Hyde Park Art Center, “Plate Convergence”, September 2007
  • Oriental Institute, Annual Report, 2007
  • Prairie.org, “Chicago Artist Theaster Gates and Kelly Tsai in a performance that combines sculpture and spoken word at West Englewood Public”, October 20, 2006

Awards

  • Harpo Foundation Grant, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE, 2010
  • Harvard, Loeb Fellowship, Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, 2010
  • Artadia New York, International Studio and Curatorial Program Residency, New York, NY, 2010
  • Joyce Award, Chicago, IL, 2009
  • Artadia Award, New York, NY, 2009
  • Graham Foundation Architecture Award, Chicago, IL, 2009