Theaster Gates – Nick Salesky

From first glance, the title of the reading, The Real Estate Artist, is immediately intriguing. Having no prior knowledge of Gates and his work, my first thought was along the lines of Gates using art and construction techniques to sell houses and apartments. But the reality was greater and much more humble. Theaster Gates is […]

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Rodin: Evolution of a Genius

After a hellacious winter storm that bombarded Richmond, the weather cleared up and I was able to attend the Rodin exhibit.  The Virginia Museum of the Fine Arts, or the VMFA, had the pleasure of hosting such an extraordinary display of sculptures due to the partnership between Musée Rodin in Paris and the VMFA. Rodin’s […]

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Theaster Gates Response — Joanna Patzig

I found the article on the so called ‘real estate artist’ pretty riveting. Not only does Gates’ work challenge the structure of the contemporary art world, it has intense social impact, which presents a complicated and fascinating phenomenon in Chicago. By buying decaying real estate and revitalizing financially challenged neighborhoods Gate’s aims to bring beauty […]

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Response to “The Real Estate Artist”

Utilizing art installations in order to revitalize derelict urban communities is an interesting approach that one man in the South Side of Chicago is attempting. Perhaps not so surprisingly was that his approach was deemed “largely symbolic” by himself at invigorating the community around his real estate projects; which is unfortunate as the community could […]

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Response to The Real-Estate Artist By John Colappinto

The South Side of Chicago is an interesting place for an artist to “set up shop.” It’s considered one of the most dangerous and poverty-stricken areas in the city. And yet Theaster Gates created a social place where moments of beauty can happen. He calls the project, the Dorchester Projects, in accordance to it being on […]

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