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Rick Lowe
Rick Lowe

This monograph is the first to present a comprehensive, career-spanning account of Rick Lowe’s art and social practice. Through works of “social sculpture” undertaken over three decades, the Houston-based artist has developed new paradigms for artists to engage in collaborative and transformative dialogues in local communities around the world, while his recent abstract canvases use paint and collage to meditate on conceptual and communal themes.

Edited by Dieter Roelstraete, curator at the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago, and Gagosian director Antwaun Sargent, the book is fully illustrated with paintings and documentation of projects from the past three decades. Lowe was a visiting fellow at the Neubauer Collegium from 2019 to 2021, which culminated in the exhibition Notes on the Great Migration (2022–23), organized as part of his Black Wall Street Journey project (2020–21). A conversation between the artist and Valerie Cassel Oliver offers insight into Lowe's practice as an activist-artist and Sydney Stutterheim considers pivotal shifts in Lowe’s turn to social practice illustrated in an extensive chronology of his career.

Edited by Dieter Roelstraete and Antwaun Sargent.

Contributions by Allison Glenn, Rick Lowe, Valerie Cassel Oliver, Fani Paraforou, Dieter Roelstraete, Sydney Stutterheim, Abigail Winograd, and Tara Zahra.

Published by Gagosian, in association with the Neubauer Collegium at the University of Chicago, Designed by Pacific, Hardcover, 10 × 12 inches, 228 pages