Light Metal: El Anatsui Weaves Delicate Tapestries From Rough Material

The best possible fate for a bottle cap

  • On a mild weekday morning late last month, a scrum of journalists and the Ghanaian artist El Anatsui stood inside a viewing room at an art storage building on 20th Street in far west Chelsea. They were flanked by a few of Mr. Anatsui’s new artworks—large, undulating tapestries that he and his assistants weave at his studio in Nigeria from thousands of bits of discarded metal, mostly bottle caps and folded-up foil wrappers. The press preview had originally been scheduled to take place down the street at Mr. Anatsui’s gallery, Jack Shainman, but Sandy had flooded Shainman’s basement, and the artist’s show had been to be postponed. It opens this Friday, Dec. 14.
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    MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 08: A general view of atmosphere at Alexander Mijares Art Basel At W South Beach Hotel & Residences at W South Beach on December 8, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images for W South Beach)

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