Thursday, April 10, 2014
Global Master of Trash & Art- El Anatsui at the Bass Museum
Show Opening, 7pm
El Anatsui will be in conversation with Bass Director and Chief Curator Silvia Karman Cubiña
Who is El Anatsui? He is one of Africa's best known contemporary artists, and is one of the world's most critically successful, celebrated for inventing an original sculptural medium where before there was only junk & garbage. Fresh off his major exhibition at NY's Brooklyn Museum, the Ghanian-born Nigerian resident's work Gravity & Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui is coming to the Bass beginning on Thursday April 10.
El Anatsui's tapestries, strung together with chicken wire, scrap metal and twist off liquor bottle caps, transform local remnants of scourges Europeans brought over with the slave trade into a rueful commentary about Africa's history. The bottle caps are from the African-made liquor that the artist and his assistants recover from dumps near his home.
Hope you can join opening night to hear El speak, and see his undulating, and shimmering tapestries-work that has joined a very short list of history-making masterpieces by artists who have used junk and garbage - think of Duchamp's bicycle wheel, and Robert Rauschenberg's bed- to make provocative and visionary statements.