Theaster Gates: A Clay Sermon catalogue

Theaster Gates: A Clay Sermon


Edited by Lydia Yee, Cameron Foote.


This publication accompanies a major new Theaster Gates exhibition at London’s Whitechapel Gallery, focusing on his clay-based work.

The transformation of clay—from geological substance into utilitarian and artistic material—is the basis for much of Gates' art and a powerful metaphor for his socially engaged work. Using his hands and his imagination, Gates reworks and revitalizes found objects, musical traditions, archive and library holdings and derelict buildings, giving them new form, meaning and purpose.

Fully illustrated with examples of pottery, sculptures, installations, films and archive materials, the book also documents a new film by Gates and features essays from leading craft historians and writers. This in-depth exploration of Gates' work is especially timely as a new generation seeks to synthesize making, identity and activism.


Published by Whitechapel Gallery