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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist (1994)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “As an artist, I think that I should work with processes and media that are immediately around me. And in Africa, just like everywhere in the world—like yester night, we went on a little walk and saw the huge quantities of waste that people brought out and put on the street for the trucks to come and collect. And I thought, "We create . . . we create waste." But I think there's more waste created in other parts than we do, you know. And as an artist, I think—have always even advised to my students to work with materials that you don't have to spend anything to—where they have the freedom to play around. You know, most of the times, art has a huge element of play, has a huge level of play in it. And you can't play with something which is expensive” (El Anatsui quoted in conversation with Alisa LaGamma, 21 January 2008, reproduced at http://www/metmuseum.org).

GHANA

121

Flight

1989
Wood in ten panels.
47 1/4 x 22 3/4 in. (120 x 57.8 cm).
Signed and dated "EL 89."

Estimate
$30,000 - 40,000 

AFRICA Theme Sale

15 May 2010
New York