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The first solo exhibition in a New York museum by the global ly renowned contemporary artist El Anatsui\, this show will feature over 30 works in metal and wood that transform appropriated objects into site-spec ific sculptures. Anatsui converts found materials into a new type of media that lies between sculpture and painting\, combining aesthetic traditions f rom his birth country\, Ghana\; his home in Nsukka\, Nigeria\; and the glob al history of abstraction.

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Included in the exhibition are twelve re cent monumental wall and floor sculptures\, widely considered to represent the apex of Anatsui&rsquo\;s career. The metal wall works\, created with bo ttle caps from a distillery in Nsukka\, are pieced together to form colorfu l\, textured hangings that take on radically new shapes with each installat ion. Anatsui is captivated by his materials&rsquo\; history of use\, reflec ting his own nomadic background. Gravity and Grace responds to a l ong history of innovations in abstract art and performance\, building upon cross-cultural exchange among Africa\, Europe\, and the Americas and presen ting works in a wholly new\, African medium.

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Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui is organized by the Akron Art Museum a nd made possible by a major grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foun dation. The Brooklyn presentation is organized by Kevin Dumouchelle\, Assoc iate Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Pacific Islands\, Brooklyn Museu m.

DTEND:20130818 DTSTAMP:20140418T210153 DTSTART:20130208 GEO:40.671172;-73.9635189 LOCATION:Brooklyn Museum of Art\,200 Eastern Parkway \nBrooklyn\, NY 11238- 6052 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works \, El Anatsui UID:253842 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130208T170000 DTSTAMP:20140418T210153 DTSTART:20130208T100000 GEO:40.671172;-73.9635189 LOCATION:Brooklyn Museum of Art\,200 Eastern Parkway \nBrooklyn\, NY 11238- 6052 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works \, El Anatsui UID:253843 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR