El Anatsui: Five Decades at Jack Shainman Gallery: The School, Kinderhook, NY, May 17 – September 26, 2015

“Jack Shainman Gallery is pleased to celebrate the first anniversary of The School with a solo exhibition of work by El Anatsui, who was just awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, the Venice Biennale’s highest honor. Five Decades is a comprehensive survey spanning the last fifty years of Anatsui’s celebrated career, from compositions in painting, wood, and clay, to the magnificent metal works for which he is renowned.” — Jack Shainman Gallery

EA14.010 EA99.003 (installed 2015 El Anatsui FiveDecades TheSchool) HR

Right: Chief in Zingliwu, 1999, metal and tropical hardwood (okpeye)

EA14.010 Womb of Time (installed 2015 El Anatsui FiveDecades TheSchool) HR (3)

Womb of Time, 2014, found aluminum and copper wire

EA14.024 Trains of Thought II (install view) HR (6)

Trains of Thought II, 2014, found aluminum and copper wire

EA87.001 Devotees (installed 2015 El Anatsui FiveDecades TheSchool) HR (4)

Devotees, 1987, black afara

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Main Gallery installation view of El Anatsui: Five Decades

EA11.013 Stressed World (installed 2015 El Anatsui FiveDecades TheSchool) HR

Stressed World, 2011, found aluminum and copper wire

EA95.003 Fan (installed 2015 El Anatsui FiveDecades TheSchool) HR

Fan, 1995, oyili-oji

EA02.002 Club Windows (installed 2015 El Anatsui FiveDecades TheSchool) HR

Club Windows, 2002, woods (black afara, camwood, oyili-oji) and house paint

EA14.002 EA14.008 (installed 2015 El Anatsui FiveDecades TheSchool) HR

Left: Generation Mix, 2014, wood, aluminum, and tempera. Right: Yet Another Place, 2014, found aluminum and copper wire

EA99.001 Peak Project (installed 2015 El Anatsui FiveDecades TheSchool) HR (2)

Peak Project, 1999, tin and copper wire

EA14.021 EA14.016 (installed 2015 El Anatsui FiveDecades TheSchool) HR

Left: Ascension, 2014. Right: Dissolving Dreams, 2014. Both: found aluminum and copper wire

EA14.001 Commerical Avenue HR

Commercial Avenue, 2014, wood, aluminum, and house paint

EA04.002 Open(ing) Market (installed 2015 El Anatsui FiveDecades TheSchool) HR (2)

Open(ing) Market, 2004 metal (tin), paper, paint, and wood (iroko and plywood)

Images courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery