Today, the Ghanaian-born renowned Nigerian artist, El Anatsui opens his show, Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works of El Anatsui at Akron Art Museum Akron, Ohio, U.S.
The museum describes Anatsui’s work as a transform of “discarded objects into shimmering, richly colored, luxuriously textured tapestries and sculptures of monumental splendor.”
The show, it was stated, is in celebration of the Akron Art Museum, running through Oct. 7, 2012.
|El-Anatsui, preparing for his show
Also a documentary about the artist titled “Fold Crumple Crush: The Art of El Anatsui gives an insider’s view of his practice, the ingenious steps and thousands of hours of labor that convert used bottle tops into huge, opulent wall hangings.”
Anatsui, a native of Ghana, explains how his artworks have become a marriage of painting and sculpture, objects that speak of African history but also reach for the ethereal. He also talks about his aspirations for artworks he has yet to make.
The museum explained how the artist was followed while installing work at the Venice Biennale. “We follow him back to the small town of Nsukka, Nigeria, as he goes about his daily life, and watch him inside the hive of his studio directing assistants as they stitch together bottle tops into a vast metal hanging.
“Finally, Anatsui admits us to the privacy of his home where he tells us about his formative years and reveals a youthful discovery that clouded his life.”