Lot 113
  • 113

Theaster Gates

22,000 - 28,000 GBP
27,500 GBP
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  • Theaster Gates
  • Black Box II
  • wood and black glass 


Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner


Chicago, Kavi Gupta Gallery, An Epitaph for Civil Rights and Other Domesticated Structures, 2011-12

Catalogue Note

The present work formed part of Theaster Gates’ show, An Epitaph for Civil Rights and Other Domesticated Structures in 2011. Taking the 1963 Southern Christian Leadership Conference's campaign against discrimination laws in Birmingham, Alabama, as its subject, the exhibition explored the historic potency of the event, during which hundreds of Civil Rights activists were violently oppressed by the county's police and fire brigades.

The viewer's eye is drawn to the smooth, black glass at the centre of the work. Curious to see what lies beneath, the spectator is confronted with his own reflection. Framing the polished surface with wood and tiles taken from the sub-flooring of one of his building projects on the South Side of Chicago, Gates elegantly combines reclaimed industrial materials to form a striking minimalist structure laden with a potent historical narrative. Striking and stark Black Box is a poignant example of Gates' continued engagement with issues of social responsibility and cultural identity.