El Anatsui Saw his installation in Akron in 2012. This stuff is amazing in person. If you ever get the chance go see an exhibit of his works and ponder the effort, collaboration, discipline involved. Then enjoy the art!
Senegal? Talismanic Textile, Late 19th/early 20th century Four panels joined: cotton, plain weave; painted; amulets of animal hide and felt attached... "The calligraphy is arranged in a fluid checkerboard pattern and organized around a series of painted shapes. The checkered motifs evoke magic squares, arrangements of numbers that, when added together in any direction, always amount to the same sum. Sufis view such numerological devices as a powerful reflection of divine mystery."
EL ANATSUI is one of the most exciting contemporary visual artists of our time. Emerging from the vibrant post-independence art movements of 1960s and ’70s West Africa, he has gone on to receive widespread international acclaim for his sculptural experiments with media, form and tradition. October Gallery has been working closely together with El Anatsui since 1993.