El Anatsui: 2013 Brooklyn Museum Retrospective
|"Gli" (Wall), 2010, at the beginning of the
exhibition area, Brooklyn Museum
El Anatsui has been shown at New York City's contemporary African art galleries since over 20 years, such as Skoto Gallery and the Contemporary African Art gallery. The first pieces I had seen, in the 1990s, and admired, were made of wood, and I still have a Newark Museum postcard I held on to since 2007. Several years ago, both Skoto Gallery and the Contemporary African Art Gallery staged a double exhibit of El Anatsui's new metal work, which is the art that finally made him famous worldwide, at the age of sixty!
|"Amewo" (People) - 1998, modified 2010
El Anatsui was born in 1944 in Ghana, studied at the College of Art of the University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. He studied European-style art, and it was later that he turned towards a more "Africanist" style.
|Kevin Duchoumelle speaking of the
art at a press preview
In the Brooklyn Museum exhibition, there are a few pieces in yet another new style, albeit still in "recycled" metal. Should we call El Anatsui's art "green"? I would answer affirmatively... El Anatsui thinks that materials can be humble, and yet end up as a beautiful piece of art.
|The latest in El Anatsui's work
|Sculpture made of condensed milk can tops
Brooklyn Museum exhibition in the NY Times
El Anatsui at the High Line Park in Manhattan in 2013
Educator's Guide to the Museum for African Art exhibition "When I Last Wrote to You about Africa"
|El Anatsui creation at the High Line, NYC, 2013