When I Last Wrote to You about Africa, the Ghanaian artist’s first career retrospective, makes its U.S. debut at the Davis. Widely lauded for magnificent large-scale wall hangings made from thousands of discarded liquor-bottle tops “sewn” together with copper wire, and for installation pieces similarly crafted from refuse, Anatsui draws on traditional idioms and contemporary art practices to create work that resonates materially and symbolically with the cultural and historical conditions of West Africa.
Christina Ha presents the latest arts news on location at the Brooklyn Museum, where we get a look at "Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui.” Plus, a preview of the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Lincoln Center, Jennifer Koh at 92nd Street Y, and a Nordic dance festival at The Joyce. More arts and culture news, event listings and features at nyc-arts.org.
In this preview from the "Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season 6 episode, "Change," artist El Anatsui discusses the use of bottle caps in his work, drawing connections with European trade across three continents.
"Change" premieres Friday, April 13, 2012 at 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings).