At the Armory Show: Installations by El Anatsui [food art]

Untitled (#1) (detail), El Anatsui, 2009. View larger.

We visited the the contemporary art fair, the Armory Show in New York City this weekend, and some of the standout pieces we came across were three installations by Ghanian-born artist El Anatsui presented by Jack Shainman Gallery. The enormous tapestry-like wall-hanging sculptures are woven from thousands of strips of aluminum from seals of liquor bottles.

The Washington Post has a good writeup of the artist and his work on the occasion of his show at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art.

Just a quick note: The works were all frustratingly called "Untitled" — the numbering is not part of the titles and are only there for us to catalog and make sense of them.

Untitled (#1) (detail), El Anatsui, 2009. View larger.

Untitled (#1) (detail), El Anatsui, 2009. View larger.

Untitled (#1), El Anatsui, 2009. View larger.

Untitled (#1) (detail), El Anatsui, 2009. View larger.

Untitled (#1) (detail), El Anatsui, 2009. View larger.

Untitled (#2), El Anatsui, 2009. View larger.

Untitled (#2) (detail), El Anatsui, 2009. View larger.

Untitled (#2) (detail), El Anatsui, 2009. View larger.

Untitled (#3), El Anatsui, 2009. View larger.

Untitled (#3) (detail), El Anatsui, 2009. View larger.

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