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Brahim El Anatsui

Born in 1944, Brahim El Anatsui is a Ghanaian sculptor to the remarkable career. Emerging from the vibrant post-independence art movements of 1960s and ’70s West Africa, it is now recognized internationally. A reverse many colleagues, he gained notoriety without leaving the continent. He lives and works in Nigeria today. The sculptor made his installations using various recycled materials (cassava graters, railway sleepers, driftwood, iron nails and obituary printing plates, aluminium bottle-tops). Since 2012, Anatsui has been noticed with “bottle-top installations” assemblies via copper cables or nylon thread. The whole forming an abstract landscape in metallic colors. In short, a high fashion work and a work of defending itself alone! It seduces museum directors and collectors, including François Pinault who acquired  the work Depletion, 2009. "In twenty years, prices have increased by ten or twenty" says Elisabeth Lalouschek, the October gallery that represents him the last 22 years in London. In March, one of his works was proposed for $ 1.5 million by the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York. Today, he is the African artist most important on the art market. Anatsui exhibited in the British Museum (London), Centre Pompidou (Paris), De Young Museum (San Francisco), the Smithsonian Institution (Washington), the Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf. He also adorned many prestigious façades, Palazzo Fortuny during the 52nd Venice Biennial ("Fresh and Fading Memories", 2007), the Alte National Gallery Berlin ("Ozone Layer and Yam Mounds", 2010), through the Palais Galliera in Paris ("Broken Bridge "2012), the Royal Academy of London (" TSIATSIA - searching for connection ", 2013) for which he achieved his greatest metal tapestry up to now: sixteen meters high and fifty meters wide. It has recently invested the High Line, former air railroad of New York, became a hanging park, with a "wall" of metal and mirrors ("Broken Bridge II", 2012- 2013). In April 2015, the sculptor receives the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 56h international Art Exhibition of the Biennale di Venezia. Anatsui is represented parJack Shainman Gallery (New York), Inception Gallery (Paris), October Gallery (London). In an interview with October Gallery, El Anatsui noted, “The amazing thing about working with these metallic ‘fabrics’ is that the poverty of the materials used in no way precludes the telling of rich and wonderful stories ».

 

 

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