Denver Art Museum director Christoph Heinrich calls Ghanaian artist El Anatsui “one of today’s most extraordinary artists,” and the pronouncement rings true in his works, which seem to weave together a whole historical survey of African art through the use of modern techniques and found objects. The renowned sculptor will get his own survey at the DAM in El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You About Africa, a major exhibition from the Museum for African Art that opens today and continues through the end of December.
The works on view range from wooden carvings to the magnificent woven wall sculptures that are considered his masterworks — shimmering, jagged-edged tapestries of copper wire and bottle caps. “El Anatsui is a master of material,” notes DAM native art curator Nancy Blomberg. “This is the first time viewers will get a chance to experience the breadth of his life’s work and discover the story it tells.” And that will be evident during a walk-through of the retrospective. “For over four decades, he has created drawings, paintings, sculptures and installation that convey histories both personal and universal,” adds exhibit curator Lisa Binder. “Each work has its own history, though; when seen together, they relate to each other like words in a sentence.”
See When I Last Wrote to You About Africa in the fourth-floor galleries of the DAM’s Hamilton Building, located on 13th Avenue between Broadway and Bannock Street; access is included in the regular museum admission of $5 to $13. Visit www.denverartmuseum.org or call 720-865-5000.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Sept. 9. Continues through Dec. 30, 2012