El Anatsui: The Reinvention of Sculpture
Okwui Enwezor, Chika Okeke-Agulu
Written by two acclaimed scholars Okwui Enwezor and Chika Okeke-Agulu, ‘El Anatsui. The Reinvention of Sculpture’, is the most comprehensive, incisive and authoritative account yet on the work of El Anatsui, the world-renowned, Ghanaian-born sculptor.
The product of more than three decades of research, scholarship and close collaboration with the artist, this book shows why his early wood reliefs and terracottas, and the later monumental metal sculptures, exemplify an innovative critical search for alternative models of art making. ‘El Anatsui. The Reinvention of Sculture’ places Anatsui’s work within a broader historical context, specifically the postcolonial modernism of mid-twentieth-century African artists and writers, the cultural ferment of post-independence Ghana, as well as within the intellectual environment of the 1970s Nsukka School.
By recovering these histories, and subjecting his work to vigorous analysis, the authors show how and why Anatsui became one of the most formidable sculptors of our time.