El Anatsui (b. 1944, Ghana) weaves colorful metal tapestries from reclaimed bottle caps and bits of wire. His practice finds inspiration in Kente cloth, the traditional fiber produced by the Akan people of the Ashante Kingdom, and reinterprets the important history of textiles in West African culture. Woven from metal liquor bottles, the tapestries reference the tradition of venerating and honoring ancestors with a libation of alcohol. The use of found materials also reflects his beliefs in repurposing and transformation, thus transcending the limitations of place while simultaneously referencing colonialism, consumption and waste.
El Anatsui received his BA and postgraduate diploma in Art Education at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. The artist has received numerous awards, including the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 56th Annual Venice Biennale. His works can be found in a number of prestigious institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the British Museum (London) and the Guggenheim Museum (Abu Dhabi). He currently lives and works in Nsukka, Nigeria.
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TEXTURESA Textile-inspired Print Show 25 Jun - 2 Oct 2021Textiles are as complex as they are quotidian. We interface with fiber constantly (it’s enveloping you right now) but seldom investigate our longstanding bond with material. Within their threaded DNA,...
ChromoAnnual Winter/Spring Print Show 31 Jan - 4 Jul 2020El Anatsui, Mel Bochner, Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Gilliam, Sol LeWitt, Mark Mulroney, Bruce Nauman, Louise Nevelson, Mimmo Paladino, Hayal Pozanti, Robert Rauschenberg, Bridget Riley, Ed Ruscha, Jonas Wood at Zane Bennett Contemporary Art
Folio29 Nov 2019 - 14 Feb 2020Zane Bennett Contemporary announces its annual group exhibition , which features Zane Bennett Gallery staff favorites from the 2019 collection, including Judy Chicago's Birth Tear/Tear and Ghada Amer and Reza...
El Anatsui: Recent Works26 Apr - 13 Sep 2019“If you touch something, you leave a charge on it,” says El Anatsui. “And anybody else touching it connects with you, in a way.” Woven with recycled aluminum and copper...
El Anatsui Wins Skowhegan Medal for SculptureSeptember 20, 2020El Anatusi, a Nigerian artist born in Ghana is known for his large-scale metal woven tapestries hung in galleries and museums around the world. He...
El Anatsui at Haus der KunstPrinzregentenstraße 1, Munich March 8, 2019With El Anatsui: Triumphant Scale, Haus der Kunst shows the most comprehensive and detailed presentation of El Anatsui's oeuvre thus far. Occupying the entire East...
Collector Spotlight: Ben JakoberMarch 18, 2021For our second installment of Collector Spotlight, a series of interviews exploring the philosophies of remarkable arts supporters, we spoke with Ben Jakober of Fundación Yannick y Ben Jakober. Jakober and his wife Yannick Vu, who are both artists, established the foundation in 1993 in Majorca, Spain. The foundation's primary initiative is the Sa Blassa Blanca Museum, which houses the couple's ever-expanding collection. The Jakobers started their collection with portraits of children from the16th to the 19th centuries, and later expanded to modern and contemporary art. The museum's contemporary wing...