12 March 2007

El Anatsui

A Ghanaian sculptor who, with his helpers, makes "cloths" out of discarded liquor bottle tops. The exhibition at the October Gallery (till 28 April) makes the point that this raw material is related to positive things - having a drink with friends - or negative effects - the deleterious effects of alcohol.This ambiguity is the raw material of art!
I love showing people the spectacular huge "cloth" in the African gallery in the basement of the British Museum. And there's a photo of it in my picture files .... somewhere ....

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