El Anatsui

Ghanaian, b. 1944

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Untitled, 2002
acrylic, keys and padlocks on carved wood, in 15 parts
installation dimensions variable, approximately 52 1/2 x 26 3/8 in. (133.4 x 67 cm)
Dec 14, 2023Phillips
Untitled, 2002
acrylic, keys and padlocks on carved wood, in 15 parts
installation dimensions variable, approximately 52 1/2 x 26 3/8 in. (133.4 x 67 cm)
Dec 14, 2023
Phillips • New York
20th Century & Contemporary Art: Online Auction, New York
Lot 18
Striped Flags, 2023
pigment print collage on thin cardboard
90.0 x 60.0 cm
Nov 30, 2023Dorotheum
Striped Flags, 2023
pigment print collage on thin cardboard
90.0 x 60.0 cm
Nov 30, 2023
Dorotheum
Contemporary Art II
Lot 631
Sechra, 2014
found aluminum bottle caps and copper wire
277.0 x 282.0 x 20.3 cm
Nov 7, 2023Christie's
Sechra, 2014
found aluminum bottle caps and copper wire
277.0 x 282.0 x 20.3 cm
Nov 7, 2023
Christie's
Live Auction 22054 21st Century Evening Sale
Lot 28 A
Untitled
incised wood panels (7 panels)
93.0 x 27.5 cm
Oct 13, 2023Sotheby's
Untitled
incised wood panels (7 panels)
93.0 x 27.5 cm
Oct 13, 2023
Sotheby's
Modern & Contemporary African Art
Lot 14
Untitled, 1983
incised wood panels (8 panels)
90.0 x 29.5 cm
Oct 13, 2023Sotheby's
Untitled, 1983
incised wood panels (8 panels)
90.0 x 29.5 cm
Oct 13, 2023
Sotheby's
Modern & Contemporary African Art
Lot 32
Warrior, 2015
aluminium bottle caps and copper wire
315.0 x 350.0 cm
Oct 13, 2023Christie's
Warrior, 2015
aluminium bottle caps and copper wire
315.0 x 350.0 cm
Oct 13, 2023
Christie's
Live Auction 21956 20th/21st Century: London Evening Sale
Lot 17
Dexterity, 2019
aluminium and copper wire
247.0 x 290.0 cm
Oct 12, 2023Sotheby's
Dexterity, 2019
aluminium and copper wire
247.0 x 290.0 cm
Oct 12, 2023
Sotheby's
Contemporary Evening Auction
Lot 110
Spirits, 1990
carved, incised, scorched, and painted wood panels
98.0 x 196.0 x 3.0 cm
Oct 12, 2023Bonhams
Spirits, 1990
carved, incised, scorched, and painted wood panels
98.0 x 196.0 x 3.0 cm
Oct 12, 2023
Bonhams
Modern & Contemporary African Art
Lot 123
Nativity, 1991
carved, incised, scorched, and painted wood panels
60.0 x 151.5 x 2.5 cm
Oct 12, 2023Bonhams
Nativity, 1991
carved, incised, scorched, and painted wood panels
60.0 x 151.5 x 2.5 cm
Oct 12, 2023
Bonhams
Modern & Contemporary African Art
Lot 124
We washed Grandma's Cloth I, 1990
carved, incised, scorched, and painted wood panels
68.0 x 93.0 x 4.5 cm
Oct 12, 2023Bonhams
We washed Grandma's Cloth I, 1990
carved, incised, scorched, and painted wood panels
68.0 x 93.0 x 4.5 cm
Oct 12, 2023
Bonhams
Modern & Contemporary African Art
Lot 125
On Grandma's Cloth, 1993
carved, incised, scorched, and painted wood panels
77.0 x 148.0 x 2.5 cm
Oct 12, 2023Bonhams
On Grandma's Cloth, 1993
carved, incised, scorched, and painted wood panels
77.0 x 148.0 x 2.5 cm
Oct 12, 2023
Bonhams
Modern & Contemporary African Art
Lot 131
Untitled, 1990
incised wood panels
61.0 x 85.5 x 3.5 cm
Oct 12, 2023Bonhams
Untitled, 1990
incised wood panels
61.0 x 85.5 x 3.5 cm
Oct 12, 2023
Bonhams
Modern & Contemporary African Art
Lot 154
Untitled
carved and incised wood panels
121.0 x 155.0 x 4.0 cm
Oct 12, 2023Bonhams
Untitled
carved and incised wood panels
121.0 x 155.0 x 4.0 cm
Oct 12, 2023
Bonhams
Modern & Contemporary African Art
Lot 155
Diaspora, 2012
archival dyes printed on cotton, hand stitched
135 x 135 cm. (53 1/8 x 53 1/8 in.)
Oct 7, 2023Phillips
Diaspora, 2012
archival dyes printed on cotton, hand stitched
135 x 135 cm. (53 1/8 x 53 1/8 in.)
Oct 7, 2023
Phillips • Hong Kong
20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale
Lot 198
Rare Crowd Series No7, 1993
oil on carved wood
53.5 x 149.8 cm
Jul 5, 2023Christie's
Rare Crowd Series No7, 1993
oil on carved wood
53.5 x 149.8 cm
Jul 5, 2023
Christie's
First Open: Post-War and Contemporary Art Online
Lot 27
Untitled, 1983
carved wood
91.8 x 209.1 cm
Jun 29, 2023Christie's
Untitled, 1983
carved wood
91.8 x 209.1 cm
Jun 29, 2023
Christie's
Live Auction 21887 Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
Lot 210
Untitled, 1983
carved wood, in seven parts
91.8 x 209 cm
Jun 29, 2023Christie's
Untitled, 1983
carved wood, in seven parts
91.8 x 209 cm
Jun 29, 2023
Christie's
Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
Lot 210
Take My Hand, 2005
aluminum bottlecaps and copper wire
180.0 x 230.0 cm
Jun 27, 2023Sotheby's
Take My Hand, 2005
aluminum bottlecaps and copper wire
180.0 x 230.0 cm
Jun 27, 2023
Sotheby's
Modern and Contemporary Evening Auction, featuring Face to Face: A Celebration of Portraiture
Lot 126
Prophet, 2012
found aluminum bottle caps and copper wire
272 x 249 x 21.3 cm
May 15, 2023Christie's
Prophet, 2012
found aluminum bottle caps and copper wire
272 x 249 x 21.3 cm
May 15, 2023
Christie's
21st Century Evening Sale
Lot 16 B
Grandma's Cloth Series, 1993
incised, scorched and acrylic paint on wood panel
76.0 x 130.0 x 2.0 cm
Mar 22, 2023Bonhams
Grandma's Cloth Series, 1993
incised, scorched and acrylic paint on wood panel
76.0 x 130.0 x 2.0 cm
Mar 22, 2023
Bonhams
Modern & Contemporary African Art
Lot 15
'Talakawa', 1991
carved and painted wood
120.0 x 50.0 x 40.0 cm
Mar 22, 2023Bonhams
'Talakawa', 1991
carved and painted wood
120.0 x 50.0 x 40.0 cm
Mar 22, 2023
Bonhams
Modern & Contemporary African Art
Lot 16
Untitled, 1944
incised and scorched wood panels
92.4 x 295.0 x 4.0 cm
Mar 22, 2023Bonhams
Untitled, 1944
incised and scorched wood panels
92.4 x 295.0 x 4.0 cm
Mar 22, 2023
Bonhams
Modern & Contemporary African Art
Lot 19
Untitled
carved, incised, and painted wooden panels
126.2 x 106.0 x 4.0 cm
Mar 22, 2023Bonhams
Untitled
carved, incised, and painted wooden panels
126.2 x 106.0 x 4.0 cm
Mar 22, 2023
Bonhams
Modern & Contemporary African Art
Lot 20
Untitled
93 x 31 cm
Mar 21, 2023Sotheby's
Untitled
93 x 31 cm
Mar 21, 2023
Sotheby's • London
Modern & Contemporary African Art
Lot 8
Untitled
incised wood panels
93.0 x 31.0 cm
Mar 15, 2023Sotheby's
Untitled
incised wood panels
93.0 x 31.0 cm
Mar 15, 2023
Sotheby's
Modern & Contemporary African Auction
Lot 8
Gold Band, 2020
hand-sculpted and formed UV-cured acrylic resin inkjet on aluminium with irregular hand-cut edges and copper wire
142.2 x 139.7 x 10.2 cm (55 7/8 x 54 7/8 x 4 in.)
Mar 3, 2023Phillips
Gold Band, 2020
hand-sculpted and formed UV-cured acrylic resin inkjet on aluminium with irregular hand-cut edges and copper wire
142.2 x 139.7 x 10.2 cm (55 7/8 x 54 7/8 x 4 in.)
Mar 3, 2023
Phillips • London
20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale
Lot 208
Illusions and Signs Series No. IV, 1993
oil on carved wood
54.3 x 144.2 x 2.0 cm
Mar 1, 2023Christie's
Illusions and Signs Series No. IV, 1993
oil on carved wood
54.3 x 144.2 x 2.0 cm
Mar 1, 2023
Christie's
Live Auction 21611 Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
Lot 292
Among Others, 2017
aluminium bottlecaps and copper wire
335 x 365 cm
Oct 14, 2022Sotheby's
Among Others, 2017
aluminium bottlecaps and copper wire
335 x 365 cm
Oct 14, 2022
Sotheby's
Contemporary Evening Auction
Lot 104
Game on Gma's Cloth, 2002
tropical hardwoods and tempera
62 x 160 cm
Oct 14, 2022Sotheby's
Game on Gma's Cloth, 2002
tropical hardwoods and tempera
62 x 160 cm
Oct 14, 2022
Sotheby's
Modern & Contemporary African Auction
Lot 4
Untitled
incised wooden panels
91.5 x 30.5 cm
Oct 14, 2022Sotheby's
Untitled
incised wooden panels
91.5 x 30.5 cm
Oct 14, 2022
Sotheby's
Modern & Contemporary African Auction
Lot 57
Untitled
incised wooden panels
91 x 28.5 cm
Oct 14, 2022Sotheby's
Untitled
incised wooden panels
91 x 28.5 cm
Oct 14, 2022
Sotheby's
Modern & Contemporary African Auction
Lot 58
OGA I, 2003
acrylic and found objects on carved wood
97 x 105 cm
Oct 13, 2022Christie's
OGA I, 2003
acrylic and found objects on carved wood
97 x 105 cm
Oct 13, 2022
Christie's
Live Auction 21547 A Place With No Name: Works from the Sina Jina Collection
Lot 103
Drying Line, 2002
acrylic on carved wood
86.4 x 198.1 cm
Oct 13, 2022Christie's
Drying Line, 2002
acrylic on carved wood
86.4 x 198.1 cm
Oct 13, 2022
Christie's
Live Auction 21547 A Place With No Name: Works from the Sina Jina Collection
Lot 110
EDMOND LACHENAL (1855-1948), 1893
glazed stoneware
32.4 x 22.9 cm
Jul 28, 2022Bonhams
EDMOND LACHENAL (1855-1948), 1893
glazed stoneware
32.4 x 22.9 cm
Jul 28, 2022
Bonhams • Los Angeles
Modern Design | Art
Lot 22
Untitled, 1990
tropical hardwoods and tempera
75.7 x 65 cm
Apr 22, 2022Sotheby's
Untitled, 1990
tropical hardwoods and tempera
75.7 x 65 cm
Apr 22, 2022
Sotheby's
Contemporary Curated
Lot 13
Paper & Gold
Pigment print in colors with irregular hand-cut edges, with printed, hand-cut and hand-sculpted aluminum collage, and copper wire, on wove paper, the full sheet.
S. 20 x 19 1/2 in. (50.8 x 49.5 cm)
Apr 21, 2022Phillips
Paper & Gold
Pigment print in colors with irregular hand-cut edges, with printed, hand-cut and hand-sculpted aluminum collage, and copper wire, on wove paper, the full sheet.
S. 20 x 19 1/2 in. (50.8 x 49.5 cm)
Apr 21, 2022
Phillips • New York
Editions & Works on Paper
Lot 66
Old Curtain, 1999
tempera on tropical hardwoods
166 x 76 cm
Mar 15, 2022Sotheby's
Old Curtain, 1999
tempera on tropical hardwoods
166 x 76 cm
Mar 15, 2022
Sotheby's
Modern & Contemporary African Art | and CCA Lagos Benefit Auction
Lot 31
Untitled
incised wood panels
88 x 29 cm
Mar 15, 2022Sotheby's
Untitled
incised wood panels
88 x 29 cm
Mar 15, 2022
Sotheby's
Modern & Contemporary African Art | and CCA Lagos Benefit Auction
Lot 34
Untitled
incised wood panels
93 x 31 cm
Mar 15, 2022Sotheby's
Untitled
incised wood panels
93 x 31 cm
Mar 15, 2022
Sotheby's
Modern & Contemporary African Art | and CCA Lagos Benefit Auction
Lot 37
Wastepaper Basket, 2003
aluminium and copperwire
243 cm
Mar 15, 2022Sotheby's
Wastepaper Basket, 2003
aluminium and copperwire
243 cm
Mar 15, 2022
Sotheby's
Modern & Contemporary African Art | and CCA Lagos Benefit Auction
Lot 38
Revelations, 2021
aluminium bottle caps and copper wire
323 x 262 cm
Mar 15, 2022Sotheby's
Revelations, 2021
aluminium bottle caps and copper wire
323 x 262 cm
Mar 15, 2022
Sotheby's
Modern & Contemporary African Art | and CCA Lagos Benefit Auction
Lot 4
Gold Band, 2020
uv-cured acrylic resin inkjet print and copper wire on aluminum
142.2 x 142.2 x 8.9 cm
Mar 10, 2022Christie's
Gold Band, 2020
uv-cured acrylic resin inkjet print and copper wire on aluminum
142.2 x 142.2 x 8.9 cm
Mar 10, 2022
Christie's
Post-War to Present
Lot 309
Uli, 1980
carved and incised wooden panels
96 x 287 x 2.5 cm
Mar 9, 2022Bonhams
Uli, 1980
carved and incised wooden panels
96 x 287 x 2.5 cm
Mar 9, 2022
Bonhams
Modern & Contemporary African Art
Lot 12
Migration, 1992
carved and incised wooden panels
76 x 75 cm
Mar 9, 2022Bonhams
Migration, 1992
carved and incised wooden panels
76 x 75 cm
Mar 9, 2022
Bonhams
Modern & Contemporary African Art
Lot 13
Primary School, 2003
carved and painted wood and padlocks
62 x 137 x 3 cm (24 3/8 x 53 7/8 x 1 1/8 in.)
Mar 4, 2022Phillips
Primary School, 2003
carved and painted wood and padlocks
62 x 137 x 3 cm (24 3/8 x 53 7/8 x 1 1/8 in.)
Mar 4, 2022
Phillips • London
20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale
Lot 220
Wade in the Water
aluminium bottle caps and copper wire
249 x 226 x 17.8 cm
Mar 2, 2022Sotheby's
Wade in the Water
aluminium bottle caps and copper wire
249 x 226 x 17.8 cm
Mar 2, 2022
Sotheby's
Modern & Contemporary Evening Auction
Lot 108
Mind Games, 2020
tropical hardwood and acrylic
91.4 x 183 x 1.3 cm
Nov 19, 2021Sotheby's
Mind Games, 2020
tropical hardwood and acrylic
91.4 x 183 x 1.3 cm
Nov 19, 2021
Sotheby's
Contemporary Day Auction
Lot 475
Nsukka Shrine, 1979
clay and pottery fragments
55 x 46 x 5 cm
Nov 13, 2021Bonhams
Nsukka Shrine, 1979
clay and pottery fragments
55 x 46 x 5 cm
Nov 13, 2021
Bonhams
Art Moderne & Contemporain Africain
Lot 17
Lanogo, 2009
what from a distance appears to be a shimmering mirage, upon close examination reveals itself to be an intricate arrange of bottle caps and their neck fastenings. flattened and then arranged together into evocative fields of color, these are then tied together by anatsui’s studio assistants into a vast expanse of metal cloth which dazzles as it hangs on the wall. the discarded bottle caps that anatsui uses are central not only to the aesthetic appearance of the work, but also to its powerful conceptual narrative too. “i researched the history of how these beverages came to africa,” he explained, “and found that they were brought by european traders, who exchanged them for various goods, and eventually even for slaves, who were taken to the americas. the slaves probably worked on farms producing cane sugar, which in turn was used to make the drinks that were exported to europe and brought back to africa…in a sense, these bottles represent a link between the people of africa, europe, and america” (e. anatsui in interview with j. kalsi, gulf news, 20 june 2013). interestingly, anatsui’s hangings have a sense of liquidity and mobility of their own. the artist encourages the owners and curators of his hangings to bend and drape the sculptures as they please, a choice that renders the works flexible and reconfigurable and open to almost limitless interpretation.
117 x 162 in. (297.2 x 411.5 cm.)
Nov 9, 2021Christie's
Lanogo, 2009
what from a distance appears to be a shimmering mirage, upon close examination reveals itself to be an intricate arrange of bottle caps and their neck fastenings. flattened and then arranged together into evocative fields of color, these are then tied together by anatsui’s studio assistants into a vast expanse of metal cloth which dazzles as it hangs on the wall. the discarded bottle caps that anatsui uses are central not only to the aesthetic appearance of the work, but also to its powerful conceptual narrative too. “i researched the history of how these beverages came to africa,” he explained, “and found that they were brought by european traders, who exchanged them for various goods, and eventually even for slaves, who were taken to the americas. the slaves probably worked on farms producing cane sugar, which in turn was used to make the drinks that were exported to europe and brought back to africa…in a sense, these bottles represent a link between the people of africa, europe, and america” (e. anatsui in interview with j. kalsi, gulf news, 20 june 2013). interestingly, anatsui’s hangings have a sense of liquidity and mobility of their own. the artist encourages the owners and curators of his hangings to bend and drape the sculptures as they please, a choice that renders the works flexible and reconfigurable and open to almost limitless interpretation.
117 x 162 in. (297.2 x 411.5 cm.)
Nov 9, 2021
Christie's
21st Century Evening Sale
Lot 35 A
Variation I_C
Pigment print in colors, on wove paper
S. 22 3/4 x 30 in. (57.8 x 76.2 cm)
Oct 21, 2021Phillips
Variation I_C
Pigment print in colors, on wove paper
S. 22 3/4 x 30 in. (57.8 x 76.2 cm)
Oct 21, 2021
Phillips • New York
Editions & Works on Paper
Lot 386