Friday, April 26, 2013


From the NY Times, April 25, 2013:

The Brooklyn Museum has been collecting African art since 1900. It was also the first American museum to present African objects as art rather than ethnographic data, and in 1923 it organized one of the largest exhibitions of African art anywhere. Right now its special exhibition is Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui, devoted to Mr. Anatsui, the contemporary African artist known for his magical wall hangings fashioned from everyday materials.

This week the museum announced that it has acquired “Black Block,” its first work by Mr. Anatsui. The two-panel wall hanging from 2010 is part of the show. “It’s one of his signature pieces,” said Eugenie Tsai, the museum’s curator of contemporary art.
Unlike the colorful, shimmering wall hangings that Mr. Anatsui has become known for, “Black Block” is monochromatic. When the exhibition closes in August, “Black Block” will travel with the show to the Des Moines Art Center, the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach and the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego.

Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui
on view at Brooklyn Museum February 8 through August 4, 2013

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