Selected Works

El Anatsui

Resolution, 2016 Bottle caps Work: 320 x 336 cm

El Anatsui

Tsu, 2016 Bottle caps Work: 225 x 242 cm

El Anatsui

Fia, 2014 Bottle caps 280 x 260cm

El Anatsui

Default, 2016 Bottle caps and printing plates 309 x 323cm

El Anatsui

Horizon, 2016 Bottle caps Work: 260 x 460 cm

El Anatsui

Tse, 2016 Bottle caps Work: 260 x 250 cm

Biography

El Anatsui (b. 1944, Ghana) is an internationally acclaimed artist who transforms simple materials into complex assemblages that create distinctive visual impact. He uses resources typically discarded such as liquor bottle caps and cassava graters to create sculpture that defies categorization. His use of these materials reflects his interest in reuse, transformation, and an intrinsic desire to connect to his continent while transcending the limitations of place. His work can interrogate the history of colonialism and draw connections between consumption, waste, and the environment, but at the core is his unique formal language that distinguishes his practice.

Anatsui is well-known for large scale sculpture composed of thousands of folded and crumpled pieces of metal sourced from local alcohol recycling stations and bound together with copper wire. These intricate works, which can grow to be massive in scale, are both luminous and weighty, meticulously fabricated yet malleable. He leaves the installations open and encourages the works to take different forms every time they are installed.

In 2015, Anatsui was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, the Venice Biennale’s highest honor. Anatsui’s solo exhibition Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui, was organized by the Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio (2012), and traveled to the Brooklyn Museum, New York and the Des Moines Art Center, Iowa (2013); then to the Bass Museum of Art in Miami, Florida (2014); and concluded at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, California (2015). In 2019, El Anatsui: Triumphant Scale, a major career survey curated by Okwui Enwezor, opened at Haus der Kunst and is due to travel to Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Kunstmuseum Bern and Guggenheim Bilbao.

Anatsui currently lives and works between Ghana and Nigeria.

Exhibitions

I've grown roses in this gard...

03 October - 30 October 2019

South South / Between Land an...

29 November - 16 January 2019

El Anatsui / Meyina

25 November - 20 December 2017

[In Context] / 2010

23 May - 17 July 2010

News

El Anatsui || Triumphant Scal...

Posted 10 March 2020

Ghada Amer, El Anatsui and Yi...

Posted 20 August 2019

El Anatsui's solo exhibition ...

Posted 05 February 2019

Solo exhibition for El Anatsu...

Posted 12 December 2018

Press

El Anatsui / Art Times / May ...

El Anatsui / This Day Live / ...

El Anatsui / Artforum Interna...

El Anatsui / Business Day / 2018