The Avant/Garde Diaries is a digital portrait magazine that invites leading creatives to talk about the cutting edge of art, design, fashion, music and film.

In each digital portrait, featured diarists are asked to introduce someone or something they consider to be ahead of their time. The result is a collection of very personal snapshots that celebrate new ways of thinking and spread inspiration.

There are currently 49 video diaries in the series with more being added each week. Check out all the complete video portrait library at

In this video, American dealer/museum director Jeffrey Deitch talks about the art world of the 1970s, which he mentions was only a few thousand at the time, and chooses urban planner/sculptor Theaster Gates, who works outside the museum to help invigorate poor communities and derelict spaces. Gates is an inspiration to those who dream outside the white box.

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