Theaster Gates: Relative Values

Mark Rappolt talks to the 'Robin Hood of the artworld' ahead of the opening of his solo show in Hong Kong and project for Documenta 14

By Mark Rappolt

Courtesy Theaster Gates Studio, Chicago Courtesy Theaster Gates Studio, Chicago Courtesy Theaster Gates Studio, Chicago

For someone whose work is so closely associated with a particular place – a series of culture-driven urban regeneration projects the artist has masterminded on Chicago’s South Side – Theaster Gates certainly gets around. And not just, as is the case of many of the artworld’s leading lights, because his works circulate from gallery shows to biennales to art fairs to other arts festivals around the world. Over the past few weeks he’s been in Basel, Paris and Nairobi (where he was…

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