For London Gallery Weekend
, October Gallery is pleased to announce the first launch in the UK of
El Anatsui. The Reinvention of Sculpture
by Okwui Enwezor and Chika Okeke-Agulu on Friday, 13th May, 6-8 pm, with a presentation by co-author Chika Okeke-Agulu taking place at 7 pm. The launch celebrates the work of El Anatsui
and coincides with the gallery’s exhibition Nomadic Resonance
, that includes a new large-scale work by the artist. Chika Okeke-Agulu will be available to sign copies of the book after the presentation.
Written by two acclaimed scholars Okwui Enwezor and Chika Okeke-Agulu, El Anatsui. The Reinvention of Sculpture
, is the product of more than three decades of research, a comprehensive, incisive and authoritative account of the work of El Anatsui, the world-renowned, Ghanaian-born sculptor.
Published by Damiani, this book shows why his early wood reliefs and terracottas, and the later monumental metal sculptures, exemplify an innovative, critical search for alternative models of art-making. El Anatsui: The Reinvention of Sculpture
places Anatsui’s work within a broader historical context, specifically the postcolonial modernism of mid-twentieth-century African artists and writers, the cultural ferment of post-independence Ghana, as well as within the intellectual environment of the 1970s Nsukka School.
By recovering these histories, and subjecting his work to vigorous analysis, the authors show how and why Anatsui became one of the most formidable sculptors of our time.