From the Archive: Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui

Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2016

In this archived episode of Radio Art Center, which aired in October 2013, the Des Moines Art Center's Director of Marketing and PR Christine Crawford sits down with Associate Curator Laura Burkhalter to talk about the exhibition Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui. The exhibition was on view at the Art Center from October 25, 2013 through February 9, 2014.

The celebrated work of El Anatsui strikes a rare combination of stunning beauty, labor-intensive process, and deep metaphorical and poetic meaning. A global artist, Anatsui draws on artistic and aesthetic traditions from his birth country of Ghana; his home in Nsukka, Nigeria; and various Western art forms. Anatsui’s work is about transformation. Using found materials such as printing plates, milk tin lids, and aluminum liquor bottle caps allows the artist full freedom to improvise and invent.

Gravity and Gra: Monumental Works by El Anatsui was organized by the Akron Art Museum and made possible by a major grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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