Art and Life. Revised and Expanded
This expanded and revised edition celebrates
the work of Ghanaian artist El Anatsui by
exploring the artist’s life and the trajectory
of his remarkable career.
An African artist who has garnered worldwide recognition while based permanently in Nigeria and whose work is in the permanent collections of many of the world’s great museums, El Anatsui is best known for sumptuous tapestries made from used bottle tops. Art historian Susan Mullin Vogel, who has known the artist for many years, provides a penetrating study of his work, blending scholarly analysis with her close personal observations of his studio practice. Accompanied by 180 images, this book traces El Anatsui’s life-long exploration of media that led to his creation of the bottle-top art form that has captured the global art world. It explores his busy studio, his University of Nigeria intellectual community, and his two decades of making eloquent and moving art. Vogel traces the intertwined threads of Anatsui’s ideas, life, and art, from his youthful searching and desire to express Africa’s history, to his creation of immense and ethereal artworks. This expanded edition reveals his profound and delicately beautiful recent work.
SUSAN MULLIN VOGEL, PhD is an authority on African art. She has served as Professor of Art History at Columbia University, the Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery, Founding Director of the Museum for African Art, and Curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She received the Leadership award for lifetime achievement from the Arts Council of the African Studies Association. She has five documentary films on African art in distribution.