Artist El Anatsui

Nigerian artist El Anatsui, best known for shimmering tapestries made from liquor bottle tops, talks about his work. He’s joined by author Susan M. Vogel, who worked closely with Anatsui while directing a documentary film about the artist. Vogel’s book El Anatsui: Art and Life  includes nearly 150 images and traces his lifelong exploration of media leading up to the bottle top art form that has captured the interest of the global art world. The exhibition Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui is on view through August 4 at the Brooklyn Museum.

El Anatsui, Bleeding Takari II, 2007. Photo Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
El Anatsui, Bleeding Takari II, 2007. Photo Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

From El Anatsui: Art and Life, by Susan Vogel.

El Anatsui, Broken Bridge, 2012. Site-specific installation for "La Triennale d'art contemporain," MuséeGalliera, Paris, 2012. Photo by Erik Lasalle, Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
El Anatsui, Broken Bridge, 2012. Site-specific installation for "La Triennale d'art contemporain," MuséeGalliera, Paris, 2012. Photo by Erik Lasalle, Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

From El Anatsui: Art and Life, by Susan Vogel.

Detail of El Anatsui's Delta, 2010. Photo Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
Detail of El Anatsui's Delta, 2010. Photo Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

From El Anatsui: Art and Life, by Susan Vogel.

El Anatsui, Drifting Continents, 2009. Photographed by El Anatsui in front of his studio in Nsukka, Nigeria.
El Anatsui, Drifting Continents, 2009. Photographed by El Anatsui in front of his studio in Nsukka, Nigeria.

From El Anatsui: Art and Life, by Susan Vogel.

El Anatsui, Dusasa I, 2007. Photo by Giovanni Pancino, Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
El Anatsui, Dusasa I, 2007. Photo by Giovanni Pancino, Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

From El Anatsui: Art and Life, by Susan Vogel.

El Anatsui with Fresh and Fading Memories, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, 2007. Photo by Susan Vogel.
El Anatsui with Fresh and Fading Memories, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, 2007. Photo by Susan Vogel.

From El Anatsui: Art and Life, by Susan Vogel.

El Anatsui. Detail of a sheet made for possible inclusion in Gli (Wall), 2010. Photo by El Anatsui.
El Anatsui. Detail of a sheet made for possible inclusion in Gli (Wall), 2010. Photo by El Anatsui.

El Anatsui: Art and Life

El Anatsui, Thru Puffs of Smoke They Filtered Us, 2011. Photo by Jonathan Greet, Courtesy October Gallery, London.
El Anatsui, Thru Puffs of Smoke They Filtered Us, 2011. Photo by Jonathan Greet, Courtesy October Gallery, London.

El Anatsui: Art and Life

El Anatsui: Art and Life, by Susan Vogel
El Anatsui: Art and Life, by Susan Vogel
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