Art I’m Loving: El Anatsui

A few weeks ago, I attended the Brooklyn Artists Ball, an annual fundraiser event at the Brooklyn Museum. It was an incredible event – starting with a seated dinner in the Museum’s beautiful Beaux-Arts Court featuring unique tables each designed by a different artist. Dinner was followed by drinks and dancing, and the turn out was incredible.

One of my favorite aspects of this event is that the Museum’s exhibitions remain open for viewing throughout the night. It isn’t often you get to experience a museum after hours without hundreds of other people in your way when you are trying to read wall tags or see a piece close-up. This allowed for unobstructed access to the Museum’s current El Anatsui exhibition—the first solo show for the artist at a New York museum. The internationally-acclaimed African artist displayed over 30 of his metal and wood artworks that transform appropriated objects into site-specific sculptures.

Twelve monumental wall sculptures were made entirely of bottle caps “pieced together to form colorful, textured hangings that take on radically new shapes with each installation.” These installations were breathtaking; my pictures below definitely don’t do them justice. I highly recommend visiting the exhibition this summer before it closes August 4th. Visitor details can be found on the Brooklyn Museum website.

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Red Block, 2010. Aluminum and copper wire, Two pieces, each 200 3/4 x 131 1/2 in.

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Drainpipe, 2010. Tin and copper wire

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Gli (Wall), 2010. Aluminum and copper wire

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Gli (Wall) (detail), 2010. Aluminum and copper wire,

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