El Anatsui, Hovor II, 2004. Woven aluminum bottle caps and copper wire. Museum purchase, James J. and Eileen D. Ludwig Endowment Fund, Virginia Patterson Fund, Charles Frankel Philanthropic Fund and various tribute funds, 2004.109
Fold Crumple Crush: The Art of El Anatsui by Susan Vogel (2011, 53 min.).
Filmed over three years in Venice, Nsukka, and the United States, this is a powerful portrait of Africa’s most widely acclaimed contemporary artist, El Anatsui. Fold Crumple Crush gives an insider’s view of the artist’s practice and of the ingenious steps and thousands of hours of labor that convert used bottle tops into huge, opulent wall hangings. Anatsui explains how his artworks have become a marriage of painting and sculpture—objects that speak of African history but also reach for the ethereal—and he talks about his aspirations for artworks he has yet to make.