El Anatsui

1944 · Ghana

Artist biography

El Anatsui is regarded as a well established artist, who originates from Ghana, like other celebrated artists such as Larry Otoo, Patrick Tagoe-Turkson, Conrad Egyir, Barnor, James, and Owusu-Ankomah. El Anatsui was born in 1944.

Galleries and Exhibitions

El Anatsui is represented by multiple galleries around the world, including countries like Belgium, France, and the United States. Galleries include Axel Vervoordt Gallery in Wevelgem, Galerie RX in Paris, and Leslie Sacks Gallery in Los Angeles. El Anatsui's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Listen to the Hum at Alice Black in London, the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 06 September 2019 until 31 October 2019. El Anatsui's only other recorded exhibition on Artland is Group exhibition, The Crime of Mr Adolf Loos, which took place at Axel Vervoordt Gallery in Wevelgem, Belgium (15 March 2019 - 24 May 2019).

Further Biographical Context for El Anatsui

El Anatsui was born in 1944, grew up during the 1960s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. Historically set in the context of the Cold War, the 1960s represent an extremely powerful era which generated an important number of breaks and challenged the order of all things. In Europe, The Iron Curtain and the Berlin wall would eternally mark people and beliefs, while in the U.S, predicaments such as the Cuban missile crisis and Vietnam war would forever influence generations to come. From education to gender issues and ideologies, a re-definition of social standards in Western society ensued, with ground-breaking philosophies and movements evolving in a cradle of inventiveness. Honesty and an void of emotions were key concepts in the highly influential movement of Minimalism, represented by artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Bored of the gestural elements of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalist artists focused on delivering artworks mainly composed of polished, pure lines and geometrical elements. The very first flourishing of Conceptualism was highly influenced by the purity of Minimalism but went further in rejecting all pre-existing conceptions inherent to art, similarly to what Pop Artists were trying to achieve by uplifting popular culture to the status of high art. Several schools of philosophy deeply influenced creatives, Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti were artists fundamentally seduced by the ideologies of Existentialism, who achieved worldwide success through their depiction of the human form and the anguish often linked to the human condition. Internationally, a significant number of art movements resounded with the radical changes of the 1960s, often prone to their own regional distinctions. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni created Spatialism, while in Germany, the Zero group embraced similar ideas under the leadership of Günther Uecker.

El Anatsui

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