Photograph by Kavi Gupta/Chicago | Berlin via Bloomberg
Theaster Gates's latest canvas is neighborhoods given up for dead. "I decided I could actively participate in how the neighborhood is perceived," Gates explained. "I call it mission-based living. I can paint, mow the lawn, but also make a public and visible effort that's contagious." Gates raises money and works to improve places like the Washington Park Arts Incubator, the Dorchester Projects and the 1923 Illinois State Bank.