Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui

11.04.2014/General, Gallery
Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui
Amemo (Mask of Humankind) (detail), 2010, Installation at the Akron Art museum, Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Photo by Andrew McAllister. Courtesy of the Akron Art Museum
Opening today at the Bass Museum of Art - Miami:  Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui
April 11 – August 10, 2014

more info: Bass Museum of Art

The exhibition highlights Anatsui’s recent work and features twelve monumental metal wall and floor sculptures, widely considered to represent the apex of his career to date. In addition, a series of works on paper illuminate his artistic process, while wooden wall reliefs reference his extensive work in other media.
As the exhibition travels, each installation of Anatsui’s artwork will be quite different. The artist encourages museum staff to “sculpt” each metal piece as they install it, and so the works are condensed, expanded or reshaped to fit the space and sensibility of each institution. Derived from a communal process, the beautiful metal pieces displayed as part of Gravity and Grace transcend the artist’s particular cultural influences to embody a universal meaning.El Anatsui