tagged: theaster gates

One Year On, Is Theaster Gates Reimagining the Modern Museum at the Stony Island Arts Bank?

by Lindsey Anderson
I first visited the Stony Island Arts Bank about six months ago, on an unseasonably warm Saturday afternoon in April. As I approached the building, I was struck first by the sunlight slanting through its massive stone columns, second by how much it stood out from its surroundings. It looked as if the Field Museum had a child—a rebellious teenager—who snuck away from Chicago’s Museum Campus in the middle of the night to start a new life on a sleepy South Side street. And, in a sense, that’s kind... [more]
Posted by Lindsey Anderson on 9/22/16

In the Bank: Carlos Bunga Resists Market Complicities in Theaster Gates' Newest Venture

by Stephanie Cristello
By now, many will have read Ben Davis’ piece on , a piece of social and market criticism that takes on Chicago artist Theaster Gates’ newest endeavor: the opening of the Stony Island Arts Bank, a part of the Rebuild Foundation. It is a piece that necessarily traces the social implications of the newly minted space within the larger space of Gates’ practice, and Chicago itself, using Gates’ relationship to Mayor Rahm Emanuel as its central lens through which to look at the implications of the... [more]
Posted by Stephanie Cristello on 10/9/15

14th Istanbul Biennial: Saltwater Dissolves Fiction in the Truth of Desolation

by Pınar Üner Yılmaz
On September 3rd, social media went wild with a distressing image of a dead Syrian boy lying face down in the sand after his tiny body was washed ashore from the saltwater of the Mediterranean Sea. Fleeing from war in Syria, seeking refuge in Europe, the little boy died when one of the boats, carrying six Syrians, sank after leaving Akyarlar, Turkey, in a desperate attempt to cross the sea straight to Kos, Greece. That same day, the 14th Istanbul Biennial, with its theme held its press... [more]
Posted by Pınar Üner Yılmaz on 9/11/15

The Artist Philanthropist: Prize Winner Splits Cash Prize with Peers

by The Artslant Team
"Let's split this motherfucker!"—thus was the cry from the mouth of artist Theaster Gates, the winner of the UK's biggest cash art prize Artes Mundi 6. Gates made the announcement in Cardiff, Wales, last night that he would share the winnings with all of the other nine shortlisted artists. Such benevolent acts of generosity are rare in the money-centric art world. If evenly divided up, they'll each end up with 4,000 GBP—quite a downgrade, compared to the £40,000 GBP Gates would have pocketed... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 1/23/15
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