El Anatsui, ‘Diaspora’, 2012, Christie's

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MELVA BUCKSBAUM

Signed and dated in pencil on a canvas label on the reverse, numbered 22/35 (there were also twenty in Roman numerals), published by Parkett Editions, New York and Zurich, in very good condition
Overall: 54 x 54 in. (1372 x 1372 mm.)

Parkett 90

About El Anatsui

A critically acclaimed mixed-media artist, El Anatsui gained worldwide recognition in the early 2000s for his shimmering, monumental wall hangings, visual feasts rich with associations to Africa, Europe, and America. These expansive sheets, hung in undulating swags and blocky folds, are composed of countless bits of brightly colored metal, the salvaged caps of liquor bottles, which Anatsui and his team form into shapes, then link together with copper wire. A cross between painting, tapestry, and sculpture, the hangings grew out of his earlier investigations into re-purposing scrap materials, with their attendant cultural associations. “The link between Africa, Europe, and America is very much part of what is behind my work with bottle caps,” Anatsui explains, referencing the fraught connection between the sale of slaves and liquor, and the transformative power of his art to link everyone involved in its creation.

Ghanaian, b. 1944, Anyako, Ghana, based in Nigeria