El Anatsui’s art is powerful, engaging and beautiful, subtly incorporating a diversity of elements from his experience. His art is replete with influences from African history and culture. It is his unique, highly personal and creative interpretation of African life that instills such amazement. El Anatsui’s immense, shimmering, metal wall-hangings and free standing sculptures most recently caught the attention of the world, only for us to discover that 40 years of deeply creative work lay at the source. Pieces of El Anatsui’s work have been widely exhibited in the past but never before as a major retrospective collection.
Be prepared to be amazed at El Anatsui’s ability to take common objects that are frequently thrown away and reinvent them in forms that take on new life, telling incredible stories and evoking unanticipated emotions. Etching, carving, burning, chopping, sketching, molding, and painting with many different materials, playing with texture, color, light and movement, El Anatsui has created a fresh and emotionally powerful way of conveying ideas.
El Anatsui: “When Last I Wrote to You About Africa” is a truly breathtaking experience not to be missed.