El Anatsui is a Ghananian artist currently living in Nigeria. Throughout his career, he has utilized found objects and transformed them into objects of great beauty; objects that reflect not only African traditions but also western contemporary influences.
We had an opportunity to visit with El during his visit to Houston where he installed a show at the Rice Art Gallery. The show incorporated his tapestry-like sculptures made from found bottle caps, bands from liquor bottles and other scrap metal. Newer sculptures reveal an airyness not found in previous work.
El Anatsui at The Rice Art Gallery (click HERE for exhibition details)
El Anatsui at Jack Shainman Gallery 513 West 20th through March 13th (click HERE for details)
Jack Shainman recently opened a show of El's wall sculptures. They are incredibly beautiful, monumental works.
To read Alexi Worth's New York Times Magazine article on El Anantsui's work...Click HERE