El Anatsui  (Ghanaian, 1944) 

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El Anatsui Biography
1968   Honourable Mention, First Ghana National Art Competition, Accra, Ghana.
1965 - 1969   BA (Art) College of Art, University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
1969   Postgraduate Diploma in Art Education, University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
1969   Best Student of the Year, College of Art, University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.
1969 - 1975   Lecturer, Art Education Department, Specialist Training College (now University of Winneba), Winneba, Ghana
1980   Artist-in-Residence, Cummington Community of Arts, Massachusetts, USA
1975 - 1982   Lecturer, Fine and Applied Arts Department, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria (UNN)
1982 - 1985   World Council Member, International Society for Education through Art (INSEA).
1985   Visiting Artist, Cornwall College, Redruth, UK.
1990   Honourable Mention (Joint), 44th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy.
1991   Fellow, Pan-African Circle of Artists (PACA).
1990 - 1992   World Council Member, International Society for Education through Art (INSEA).
1995   Kansai Telecasting Corporation Prize, 3rd Osaka Sculpture Triennale, Osaka, Japan
1982 - 1996   Senior Lecturer, Fine and Applied Arts Department, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria (UNN)
1996   Visiting Artist, International People’s College. Helsingør, Denmark.
1997   International Visitor, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA.
1998   Bronze Prize, 9th Osaka Sculpture Triennale, Osaka, Japan
1999   The Public’s Prize, 7. Triennale der Kleinplastik, Stüttgart, Germany.
1999   Cyfuniad International Artist’s Residency, Plas Caerdeon, Barmouth, Wales, UK
1998 - 2000   Head of Department, Fine and Applied Arts Department, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria (UNN)
2000   Founding Member and Fellow, Forum for African Arts.
2000   Member, International Selection Committee, Dakar Biennale, Dakar, Senegal
2001   Residency and Fellowship, Civitella Ranieri Centre, Umbertide, Italy
2003   Residency, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA.
2003   Visiting Artist, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee; University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa; University of California, Santa Barbara, California and St. Lawrence University, New York, USA.
1996 - pres   Professor of Sculpture, Fine and Applied Arts Department, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria (UNN)
Selected Exhibitions
2004 - 2006   Afrika Remix, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Germany and touring to the Hayward Gallery, London, UK; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
2005   De Young Museum, San Francisco, USA
2005   Danudo: Recent Sculptures of El Anatsui (solo)
2005   Skoto Gallery (in collaboration with Contemporary African Art Gallery, New York) (solo)
2005   El Anatsui: Gawu, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida, USA (solo)
2005   El Anatsui: Gawu, October Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2003   El Anatsui: Gawu, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales, UK. An Oriel Mostyn Gallery exhibition touring to Model Arts & Niland Gallery, Sligo, Republic of Ireland, Gallery Oldham, Oldham, England, UK, October Gallery, London, UK, Djanogly Gallery, University of Nottingham, England, UK and the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Florida, USA. (solo)
2003   Africa Informs, October Gallery, London, UK.
2003   Biennale de Ceramica dell’ Arte Contemporanea, Villa Groppallo, Vado Ligure, Italy.
2002   One: The Independent, Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, Liverpool, UK.
2002   El Anatsui: New Works, October Gallery, London, UK. (solo)
2001   Encounters with the Contemporary, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, USA.
2001   The Happy Face of Globalisation, The 1st Albissola Ceramics Biennale, Museo Civico d’ArteContemporanea and Museo della Ceramica Manlio Trucco, Albissola, Italy, touring to Musée Ariana, Geneva, Switzerland.
2001   Africas: The Artist and the City, Centro de Cultura Contemporania Barcelona (CCCB), Barcelona, Spain.
2000   El Tiempo de Africa (Africa’s Time), Centro Atlántico Arte Moderno, La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain.
1999   New Colours From Old Worlds: Contemporary Art from West Africa, October Gallery, London, UK.
1999   The Independent, Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, Liverpool, UK.
1998   7. Triennale der Kleineplastik, Stüttgart, Germany.
1998   Thoughts and Processes– El Anatsui & Ndubisi Onah, The Italian Cultural Institute, Lagos, Nigeria.
1998   A Sculpted History of Africa, October Gallery, London, UK. (solo)
1997   Hakpa, French Cultural Centre, Lagos, Nigeria. (solo)
1997   The Poetics of Line– Seven Artists of the Nsukka Group, The National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA
1996   Container ’96– Art Across Oceans, Langelinie, Copenhagen, Denmark.
1996   Group Exhibition, Avant-Garde Gallery, Kaduna, Nigeria.
1996   El Anatsui & Tesfaye Tessema, The Contemporary African Gallery, New York, USA.
1996   El Anatsui & Sol Le Witt, Skoto Gallewry, New York, USA
1995   El Anatsui, October Gallery, London, UK. (solo)
1995   AKA ’95, Bona Gallery, Enugu and Didi Museum, Lagos, Nigeria.
1995   Art In The Shadow, The Nigerian Pavillion at Africus– 1st Johannesburg Biennale, Johannesburg, South Africa.
1994   5th Havana Biennale, Havana, Cuba.
1993   New Currents ’93– Avant-Garde Nigerian Art, Didi Museum, Lagos, Nigeria.
1992   Begegnung mit den Anderen, University of Kassel, Kassel, Germany.
1991   AKA ’91, Bona Gallery, Enugu and Goethe Institut, Lagos, Nigeria.
1991   South of the World, Galleria d’Arte Contemporanea, Marsala, Italy.
1991   Old and New: An Exhibition of Sculpture in Assorted Wood, The National Museum, Lagos, Nigeria. (solo)
1990   Five Contemporary African Artists, 44th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy.
1989   Zeitgenössische Nigerianische Kunst, Bonn, Bocholt and Mönchengladbach, Germany.
1988   AKA ’88, Nigerian Union of Journalists’ Press Centre, Enugu; Institute of African Studies, Nsukka and the National Gallery of Crafts and Design, Lagos, Nigeria.
1988   Walls and Gates– El Anatsui & Liz Willis, Avant-Garde Gallery, Kaduna, Nigeria.
1987   Venovize: Ceramic Sculptures, Faculty of Art and Design Gallery, Cornwall College, Redruth, UK. (solo)
1987   Pieces of Wood: An Exhibition of Mural Sculpture, The Franco-German Auditorium, Lagos, Nigeria. (solo)
1987   Original Prints from the 3rd Nsukka Workshop, University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Goethe Institut, Lagos, Nigeria
1986   Nigerian-German Prints, University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the Franco-German Auditorium, Lagos, Nigeria
1983   Four Contemporary African Artists, Mintec Gallery, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
1982   Okike 10th Anniversary Exhibition, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.
1982   Sculptures, Photographs, Drawings, Goethe Institute, Lagos, Nigeria. (solo)
1981   Drawing on the World, Billingham Art Gallery, Billingham; Middlesborough Art
1980   Wood Carvings, Cummington Community of Arts, Cummington, Massachusetts, USA. (solo)
1979   Broken Pots: Sculpture by El Anatsui, British Council, Enugu and the Institute of African Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria. (solo)
1979   Christian Arts in Nigeria, Holy Trinity Cathedral Hall, Onitsha, Nigeria.
1976   Wooden Wall Plaques, Asele Art Gallery, Nsukka, Nigeria. (solo)
1975   Fabric Wall Hangings, Burnt Wooden Wall Plaques, The Institute of African Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.
1974   Tekarts Expo 5, Accra Arts Centre, Accra, Ghana.
  Public Collections
African Studies Gallery, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
Musée Ariana, Geneva, Switzerland.
Asele Institute, Nimo, Nigeria.
The British Museum, London, UK.
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington DC, USA.
Diamond Bank of Nigeria, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.
French Cultural Centre, Lagos, Nigeria.
Ghanaian Embassy, Copenhagen, Denmark.
The Hammermill Collection, Hellebaek, Helsingør, Denmark.
International Peoples’ College, Helsingør, Denmark.
Museum of Art, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA.
Iwalewa-Haus, University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany.
The National Gallery of Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria.
The National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, USA.
Osaka Foundation of Culture, Osaka, Japan.
Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
The World Bank Art Collection, Washington DC, USA.
Centre Pomipdou, Paris, France
Museum kunst palast, Duesseldorf, Germany
Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA
Clarks International Art Collection, Somerset, UK
Literature
2003   Anatsui, El, ‘Personal Security’ in Biennale de Ceramica dell’ Arte Contemporanea, 2003,
2003   Eulise, Eriberto, Afriche, Diaspore, Ibridi– Conceptualism as a Strategy in Contemporary African Art, 2003, AIEP Edizione, Bologna, Italy. pp. 182.
2002   Fall, N. & Pivin, J. L. (eds.), An Anthology of African Art in the 20th Century, 2002 , Editions
2001   Africas: The Artist and the City, 2001, Centro de Cultura Contemporania Barcelona (CCCB), Barcelona, Spain. pp. 94-97.
2001   Visona, M. B. et al., A History of Art in Africa, 2001, Hall and Abrams, New York, USA. pp. 226-227.
2000   Kemp, Martin (ed.), The Oxford History of Western Art, 2000, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. p. 488.
1999   Oguibe, O. & Enwizor, O. (eds) Reading the Contemporary, African Art from Theory to the Marketplace, 1999, INIVA, London, UK. pp. 156-157, 163-164.
1999   Kasfir, S-L., Contemporary African Art, 1999, Thames & Hudson, London, UK. pp. 17. 189.
1999   King, Catherine, ‘Modern Art in Nigeria– Independence and Innovation’, in King, Catherine (ed.), Views of Difference, Different Views of Art, 1999, Yale University Press, London, UK. pp. 215-219.
1998   Oguibe, Olu, ‘Beyond Death and Nothingness’, African Arts, Volume 31 No. 1, 1998, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA. pp. 48-55.
1998   Njami, Simon, ‘Un artiste sur le fil de l’histoire’, in El Anatsui: A Sculpted History of Africa,
1998   Picton, John, ‘Patches of history’ patching up my art history: some reflections on the sculpture of El Anatsui’ inEl Anatsui: A Sculpted History of Africa,1998, Saffron Books, (Imprint of Eastern Art Publishing), in conjunction with the October Gallery, London. pp. 17-26.
1997   Marcoci, Roxana, New Art, 1997, Harry N Abrams Inc., New York, USA.
1996   Container ‘96, København Kulturby Fond ‘96, 1996, Copenhagen, Denmark. pp. 11-12.
1995   Okeke, Chika, ‘The Quest: from Zaria to Nsukka’, in Seven Stories about Modern Art in Africa
1994   Okeke, Chika, ‘Slashing Wood, Eroding Culture: Conversation with El Anatsui’, NKA The Journal of Contemporary Africa Art, Issue 1, 1994, Johannesburg, South Africa.
1993   Udechukwu, Obiora, El Anatsui So Far: Drawings, Paintings, Prints, 1963-1993, 1993, Norbert Åas, Boomerang Press,Bayreuth, Germany.
1992   Begegnung Mit Den Anderen (Begin With The Others) , 1992, University of Kassel, Kassel, Germany
1992   Kennedy, Jean, New Currents, Ancient Rivers: Contemporary African Artists in a Generation of Change, 1992, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington DC, USA. pp. 17, 19.
1990   Plagens, Peter, ‘Africa meets the West: Three New Exhibitions Capture the Spirit and Struggle of Black Artists on Two Continents’, Newsweek, 19 January 1990, New York, USA.
1990   Wallach, Amei, ‘The New African Tradition’, Newsday, 28 January 1990, New York, USA. pp. 16-17.
1990   Aniakor, C. C., ‘El Anatsui: Visual Incantations’, The International Review of African American Art, Vol 9 No. 3, 1990, Los Angeles, California, USA.
1990   Brenson, Michael, ‘Contemporary Works from Africa’, The New York Times, 19 January 1990, New York, USA. p. 32.
1990   Ejiogu, E. ‘African Art in transition’, African Commentary, Amherst, April 1990, USA. pp. 67-68.
1987   Jegede, Dele, ‘Exploring Patterns and Forms of Nature’, The Guardian (Lagos) , 8 February 1987, Lagos, Nigeria.
1986   Fosu, Kojo, 20th Century Art of Africa, 1986, Gaskiya Corporation, Zaria, Nigeria. pp. 202, 205 and 207-209.
1985   Dwyer, G. ‘A Burly North Sea Symposium: Ten Sculptors Create Works on Germany’s Wet Desert’, International Sculpture, 1985, Washington DC, USA. pp. 8-9.
1982   Anatsui, El, Sculptures, Photographs, and Drawings, Goethe Institute, Lagos, 1982, SNAAP Press, Enugu, Nigeria.