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Quotes about El Anatsui
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"Themes of exile and loss are woven through his work, but also art's alchemical powers of transformation." —Leslie Camhi, Vogue

"One of the leading sculptors of our time." —Channel 4

"Anatsui's weaving symbolizes the ways in which the fates of Africa and Europe were conjoined through trade." —Zehra Jumabhoy Artforum

"Anatsui's wall hangings blur the boundaries between sculpture, installation, painting, craft and design." —Vanessa Nicholas, CanadianArt

"Using unremarkable found fragments, Anatsui urges us to reconnect with the philosophy of community." —Vanessa Nicholas, CanadianArt

"El Anatsui emerges as an intriguing man and artist who thrives on connections with others, a natural teacher who takes the greatest joy in his art when it's the fruit of collaboration." —Marilyn Macgregor, Broad Street Review

"He bridges a gap that lives between art and craft. He challenges the viewer to rethink craft as fine art because these kinds of works are more than simply being about process and form, even though the work relies on it." —Joe Fusaro, art21

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"Art should stop you in your tracks, and that's exactly what El's sculpture really does." —Christine Mullen Kreamer, curator

"El Anatsui is a cartographer of time, charting the ways in which it works its ways on his homeland for all of us to see." —Robert Faires, The Austin Chronicle

"His designs and materials allude to the struggles of contemporary West Africa as well as painful colonial legacies -- textiles and liquors Europeans and Americans brought to Africa to trade for gold and later slaves." —Greg Cook,

"There's no need for geographical qualifications: El Anatsui is one of the most exciting artists at work anywhere." —Greg Cook, The Phoenix

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Fold Crumple Crush: The Art of El Anatsui: A powerful portrait of Africa's most widely acclaimed contemporary artist El Anatsui.

Anatsui at Work: A swift instructive look at the artist El Anatsui demonstrating his process, and discussing his theories.

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