El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa
When I Last Wrote to You about Africa brings together the full range of El Anatsui's work from wood trays and early ceramics, through chainsaw-carved wood, to his most recent luminous metal sculptures and wall hangings. Anatsui has gained international acclaim for his dazzling metallic hangings made from liquor bottle caps. In these sculptures, as in wood and ceramics, he has pieced together monumental visual statements that refer to global, local, and personal histories.
Ghanaian-born El Anatsui, who lives and works in Nigeria, is recognized as one of the most original and compelling artists of his generation. When I Last Wrote to You about Africa presents leading scholars discussing the artist's work covering a span four decades. Contributor Olu Oguibe begins with a discussion of the artist's early ceramic pieces; Chika Okeke-Agulu addresses wood as the medium most consistently used throughout Anatsui's career; Robert Storr situates the metal wall sculptures in the context of modern and contemporary art history; and Kwame Anthony Appiah concludes with a personal account of his relationship with El Anatsui's sculptural practice. Richly illustrated in full color, When I Last Wrote to You about Africa, with an introductory essay by Lisa Binder, assistant curator at the Museum for African Art, is the definitive book about the art of El Anatsui.
Published by the Museum for African Art, New York, 2010. 172 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-945802-56-3. LCCN: 2009943568.