El Anatsui - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Wednesday, February 11, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Contemporary African Art Gallery, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    Art grows out of each particular situation and I believe that artists are better off working with whatever their environment throws up. I don't think that working with prescribed materials would be very interesting to me—industrially produced colours for painting. I believe that colour is inherent in everything and that you're better off picking something which relates to your circumstances and your environment than going to buy a ready-made colour. (El Anatsui as quoted in K. McCrickard, El Anatsui, London, 2006)
    At the back of my mind, I think about things concerning the conditions in my environment but sometimes I simply let the medium or the process lead me on. These are the two approaches which, I guess, all artists use; with one you attempt to impose your ideas onto the media, with the other the medium leads you on. (El Anatsui as quoted in D. Ogunwa, El Anatsui: A Man of the Earth,Philadelphia, 2006)


Congress of Elders

Aluminium and copper wire.
259 x 198 cm. (102 x 78 in).

£180,000 - 220,000 

Sold for £193,250

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

12 Feb 2009, 7pm