Material Wonder: El Anatsui

To mark their 40th year the giant of contemporary art, October Gallery, begin their celebration by showcasing the wondrous works of one of the biggest faces of contemporary African art, El Anatsui. Anatsui has had, and continues to have, a monumental impact on the artistic landscape, birthing new emerging artists whose mediums draw clear inspirations from him.

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Rehearsal (2015) by El Anatsui
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Rehearsal (detail, 2015) by El Anatsui

Material Wonder coincides with Anatsui’s upcoming retrospective look on his works to date in Germany at the Haus der Kunst which celebrates his vision and contribution. Anatsui was one of the first posts I published on this space back in 2017 when his prints – a result of crushing and piercing bottle tops onto tables and wood – was an innovative way of deviating from his usual monumental sculpted pieces. Material Wonder combines the two together, shedding light on Anatsui’s exploration of different artistic forms.

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Change in Fortune (2018) by El Anatsui
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Change in Fortune (detail, 2018) by El Anatsui

Material Wonder is on show till the 6th of April, giving you ample time to drop by for a visit. October Gallery is open to the public from Tuesdays – Saturdays, 12.30pm – 5.30pm! Their exhibitions are always FREE so do take advantage of this opportunity to see the works of one of the most influential contemporary artist.

 

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