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Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates engages with histories of spirituality, Black music, craft and modernism in two clay interventions.
Gates uses his craft skills as a potter to communicate with makers across time and between cultures. This display includes a new vessel produced in response to American Studio Potter Peter Voulkos and a vitrine comprised of objects made at his temporary workshop at the Istanbul Biennale.
This display is part of a multi-venue presentation dedicated to Theaster Gates’s clay practice. Theaster Gates: A Clay Sermon is at Whitechapel Gallery, 29 September 2021 – 9 January 2022, and includes objects loaned from the V&A’s collection which have been crucial to Gates’s thinking as V&A Research Institute Emeritus Fellow about the significance of ceramics in global trade, colonial expansion, slavery, and abolitionism. An exhibition of works created at the Archie Bray Foundation of Ceramic Art will take place at White Cube Mason’s Yard this autumn. Gates will also create the 2022 Serpentine Pavilion.
Supported by White Cube and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.