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November 2014
Vol. 33 No.9

A publication of the
International Sculpture Center
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Material Splendor, A Conversation with El Anatsui
by Robert Preece
Robert Preece. Above: Balkan, 2012. Aluminum and copper wire, 260 x 320 cm
When I first interviewed El Anatsui, back in 2006, I was captivated by his use of found materials, form, and social context, but I consciously steered away from critical and art historical issues. To me, there was a more interesting story that acknowl­edged the heart, particularly in the haunting sculpture Visa Queue (1992). Later, I was pleased to learn that Anatsui had been included in the main show of the 2007 Venice Biennale (and floored to see a long excerpt of my interview, which was published in the July/August 2006 issue of Sculpture, on his artist page in the catalogue). During the Biennale, Anatsui’s work received a great deal of attention. Since then, his visibility and the level of his opportunities have only increased...see the entire article in the print version of November's Sculpture magazine.

Above: Balkan, 2012. Aluminum and copper wire, 260 x 320 cm

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