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Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’ Ocula Conversation Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’

A group of voices accompanies me in the exhibition. They are singing words I cannot comprehend, yet the warm tunes are familiar: folk songs, love songs, songs of longing. There are letters, too. They speak of the quotidian details of a soldier's life: the hardness of the war, sending money to the family, and longing for familiar landscapes, food,...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Theaster Gates

b. 1973, USA

西斯特·盖茨(Theaster Gates)

西斯特·盖茨(生于1973年,美国)是一位观念艺术家,其作品介于城市规划、基于物体的创作、行为表演等多元形态之间。他在芝加哥出生、生活与工作。

盖茨的创作深深扎根于美国非洲裔文化的历史,并用与之相关的废弃日常材料进行创作,如沥青、消防水带与擦皮鞋摊。在其标志性的《公民挂毯》系列作品中,艺术家将他从在芝加哥居住的当地社区中找来的弃用消防水带切成条状并重组为抽象绘画。这些作品影射了在1963年阿拉巴马州伯明翰市爆发的民权游行中用于镇压示威者的消防水带,而美国非洲后裔为争取平等民权的长期斗争至今仍在继续。

盖茨致力于模糊艺术创作与社区激进主义之间的界线,并创建了一家名为重建基金会的非营利机构。该基金会的工作重心在于通过文化来推进贫穷社区的重建与复兴,同时也建立起价格合理的空间项目。在由基金会发起运营的项目中,最具野心且为人著知的便是《多切斯特项目》和《石岛艺术银行》。这两个项目在复兴芝加哥南区长期萎靡的社区方面建树显著,也使盖茨成为了国际艺术圈最受瞩目的艺术家之一。

在《多切斯特项目》中,盖茨修复了多栋废弃建筑并将它们转变为非传统艺术机构与社交空间。这些建筑变成了“保存美国非洲裔文化的档案”,保存并展出了象征当地社区文化传承的书籍、黑胶唱片与手工艺品。2013年,盖茨说服芝加哥市政府将原定拆除的石岛信托和储蓄银行出售给他,出售条件是他会以艺术和文化项目来重新利用并复兴这栋老旧的建筑。这两个项目都是基于艺术家的“循环生态系统”理念,盖茨从这些废弃建筑中找到原材料并创造出雕塑与其他艺术品,而项目持续运营所需要的资金则全部来自作品销售所得。

盖茨获得过多个国际上重要的艺术奖项,包括纳什尔雕塑奖(2018年)、柯特·舒维特奖(2017年)及威尔士国际艺术奖(2015年)。

Featured Artworks

Bronze (Africa) by Theaster Gates contemporary artwork
Theaster GatesBronze (Africa), 2016 Bronze with tar
198.1 x 144.8 x 13.3 cm
Gagosian
Bronze with Stripe by Theaster Gates contemporary artwork
Theaster GatesBronze with Stripe, 2016 Bronze with tar
174 x 175.3 cm
Gagosian
Black Madonna by Theaster Gates contemporary artwork
Theaster GatesBlack Madonna, 2018 Bronze with tar
148.6 x 66.7 x 54 cm
Gagosian

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, An Exhibition For Notre-Dame at Gagosian, Paris
Closed
11 June–27 July 2019 Group Exhibition An Exhibition For Notre-Dame Gagosian, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Continuing Abstraction at Gagosian, Basel
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10 June–13 July 2019 Group Exhibition Continuing Abstraction Gagosian, Basel
Contemporary art exhibition, Theaster Gates, Selected Works at Gagosian, Paris
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12 February–23 March 2019 Theaster Gates Selected Works Gagosian, Paris

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EXPO Chicago Sets the Scene for 2020 Ocula Report EXPO Chicago Sets the Scene for 2020 27 Sep 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

'Where Will You Be in 1933?' was the official song of the 1933 Chicago World's Fair—a buoyant ditty written in 1932 to promote an exposition celebrating Chicago's centennial during the Great Depression. On 18 September 2019, it was performed at the Chicago Symphony Center as part of Samson Young: World Fair Music. The performance extended...

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Theaster Gates Ocula Conversation Theaster Gates Artist, USA

In 2009, Theaster Gates purchased a vacant building on the 6900 block of South Dorchester Avenue, and turned it into a library. As the project developed, it would become known as the Dorchester Projects, with Gates acquiring other buildings to create social spaces centred on culture, such as Black House Cinema, which hosts screenings and...

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Your Concise Los Angeles Art Guide for Fall 2019 Related Press Your Concise Los Angeles Art Guide for Fall 2019 Hyperallergic : 10 September 2019

Below you'll find a fun mix of museum and gallery shows, performances, and film screenings taking place over the next few months in the greater Los Angeles area. We know how hard it is to keep track of all that's going on, so we've compiled some of the events that stood out to us and organized them according to theme and type. We're hoping there'll...

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Preview Art Basel 2019 Related Press Preview Art Basel 2019 ARTnews : 7 June 2019

Art Basel 2019 opens to the public on Thursday, June 13, with two preview days, on June 11 and 12. Some 290 galleries from 34 countries will show work at the Swiss fair, which runs through June 16.

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Gagosian to go off-piste with first pop-up show during Art Basel Related Press Gagosian to go off-piste with first pop-up show during Art Basel The Art Newspaper : 4 June 2019

Last year, Gagosian introduced an innovative virtual online viewing room during Art Basel. This year, the gallery is creating another sales platform during the Swiss fair, this time taking a bricks and mortar approach with an off-site pop-up exhibition titled Continuing Abstraction (10—16 June).

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The Black Image Corporation: An Identity Archive Related Press The Black Image Corporation: An Identity Archive Berlin Art Link : 27 May 2019

Behind the grand wrought-iron doors of Gropius Bau's first floor gallery, Chicago artist Theaster Gates presents the legacy of Johnson Publishing Company in an archival photo exhibition honouring the power behind images of black female beauty and culture in post-war America.

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In Video & Audio

Interview with Theaster Gates Related Video & Audio Interview with Theaster Gates ArtAsiaPacific : 26 April 2017

ArtAsiaPacific sat down with artist and urban planner Theaster Gates for an exclusive interview about his latest exhibition at White Cube, Hong Kong. Gates discussed his objective of using unconventional means to read artworks, and described how roofing techniques opened up new ways of making art.

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