Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Picked RIPE: El Anatsui - When I Last Wrote to You about Africa

from the Davis Museum at Wellesley College

El Anatsui, Plot A Plan III, 2007, Aluminum and copper wire
Photo courtesy: Jack Shainman Gallery

The Davis Museum and Cultural Center is pleased to present the U.S. debut of El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa, the artist’s first career retrospective. Surveying nearly five decades of the artist’s internationally renowned career, the exhibition features some sixty works in wood, metal, ceramic, painting, print and drawing.

El Anatsui (b. 1944, Ghana) is best known for his most recent sculptures, shimmeringly beautiful and elaborately wrought large-scale wall hangings made from discarded liquor-bottle tops. Drawing on traditional idioms and contemporary art practices, his work resonates materially and symbolically with the cultural and historical conditions of West Africa.

From its earliest to its most recent examples, Anatsui’s work is characterized by the complex and surprising manipulation of materials, labor-intensive methods, and a signature use of color, line and form.

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Additional articles here and here

If you find yourself in Wellesley, MA make sure you go see this exhibit.  El Anatsui is one the most phenomenal artists of our time. Kf

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