artnet: 17 Disruptors Who Have Completely Changed the Art World

Full Article by Brian Boucher


"13. and 14. Theaster Gates and Rick Lowe, Social Sculptors
Ever since Joseph Beuys coined the term 'social sculpture,' artists have been thinking through the German artist's concept. Two practitioners who have made moving use of this mode of art-making are Chicago's Theaster Gates and Houston's Rick Lowe. They've both worked to use culture to redevelop neighborhoods plentiful with abandoned buildings—and make sure there's a payoff for the people who have lived there, and not just gentrifiers."