Young Lords and Their Traces by Theaster Gates
Theaster Gates’s work in the areas of sculpture, social practice, collaborative performance, and archiving has made him one of the most compelling artists active today. Gates emerged in the early 2000s with a sculptural practice characterized by the use of salvaged materials and deeply researched interdisciplinary histories. The elegiac formalism of Gates’s large-scale tar paintings, experimental clay vessels, and immersive architectural installations can be linked to both personal and collective narratives of labor and spirituality. In recent years, Gates has rescued a variety of historical collections of images and objects in Chicago, creating both architectural spaces and sculptural structures for their preservation and dissemination to wider audiences. For Gates, collective forms of knowledge are built across objects, images, sounds, movements, and relationships between people.
This book accompanies “Theaster Gates: Young Lords and Their Traces” curated by Massimiliano Gioni, Edlis Neeson Artistic Director, and Gary Carrion-Murayari, Kraus Family Senior Curator, with Madeline Weisburg, Curatorial Assistant.
Published 2022; hardcover, 11 3/8 × 9 7/8 inches; 280 pages; 200 illustrations; ISBN: 9781838666101