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El Anatsui: Metas
October 28 – December 13, 2014
45 East 78th Street
New York, NY
Mnuchin Gallery is proud to announce an exhibition by globally renowned contemporary artist El Anatsui. The show will present a body of entirely new work by the artist, inspired in part by the architectural spaces of the gallery’s historic townhouse. This will be Anatsui’s first exhibition in New York since his acclaimed solo show, Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui, traveled to the Brooklyn Museum in 2013. It is the artist’s first exhibition on New York’s Upper East Side and is organized in collaboration with Jack Shainman Gallery.
Anatsui’s work transforms humble recycled materials, such as liquor bottle caps and labels, into glittering abstractions that blur the boundaries between painting and sculpture. Often mounted on the wall in richly textured folds, they bring to mind jewel-toned mosaics and embellished textiles. Born in Ghana and currently living between Ghana and Nigeria, Anatsui references the colonial histories, local economies, and aesthetic practices of both countries. His work transcends geographic boundaries, engaging in an international dialogue concerning consumption and the environment, as well as with global abstract traditions, including that of Western painting.
Mnuchin Gallery has a long history of presenting the highest caliber of monumental abstraction. With a reputation for museum-quality shows by Abstract Expressionists including Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock, the gallery has also championed contemporary figures, such as David Hammons, who mine the tensions between high/low materials to expand abstract painting’s field of reference. Mnuchin Gallery is privileged to carry on in this tradition with El Anatsui, whose show will mark its first primary market presentation since David Hammons’s exhibition of tarp paintings in 2011.