While crisscrossing the country on a blitzed tour, El Anatsui’s work entitled “Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works” saw it’s way to the Brooklyn Museum. There are a few camps that purists might place him into, his work is both eclectic and modern, while his sub-saharan roots can be seen in a few of his works along with recycled and vintage materials. Mr. Anatsui weaves together all of the materials in order to construct canopy like montages that flow naturally. By merging different textures such as wood, metal, and cardboard as well as paper, making sure that they stay linked is a task all on it’s own. The exhibit will be open to the public today through August 4th.
As a side-note the entire Brooklyn, New York area has recently been undergoing somewhat of a resurgence of modern and contemporary art and along with the new Barclays Arena nearby, it’s not unrealistic to think that in time it can become a central hub for artists.