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El Anatsui's Metal Cloth at the High, Last Days to See Green Pastures Dial Exhibit

Friday, April 22, 2016

El Anatsui's 'Taago' 2006 made of aluminum and copper wire, at the High in Atlanta:


El Anatsui, Taago at High Museum Atlanta

El Anatsui is Ghanaian, and based in Nigeria. He makes these metal cloth sculptures by joining the aluminum bits that are discarded from the necks and tops of liquor bottles (from the museum label:) 'to form a glittering textile in the tradition of the strip-woven cloth made by men in West Africa for more than one thousand years. Anatsui describes how, for him, the dynamic, fluid forms of these works suggest a universal yearning for liberty and freedom.'


El Anatsui, Taago at High Museum Atlanta

El Anatsui, Taago at High Museum Atlanta

El Anatsui, Taago at High Museum Atlanta

El Anatsui, Taago at High Museum Atlanta

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Thornton Dial's 'Old Projects' 1994 at the High in Atlanta
Above, Dial's 'Old Projects' at the High

The High's Green Pastures: In Memory of Thornton Dial, Sr. is finishing next week as it runs through May 1.

From the High's exhibit description:

“Art is like a bright star up ahead in the darkness of the world…. [It] is a guide for every person who is looking for something. That’s how I can describe myself: Mr. Dial is a man looking for something.”
—Thornton Dial

When the internationally renowned Alabama artist Thornton Dial, Sr., passed away at the age of eighty-seven in late January, he left behind a body of work that has transformed American art. Despite his lack of formal training, Dial took the art world by storm with his deft fusion of painting and sculpture, leading one art critic to declare that his work marked the end of so-called “outsider” art when it was shown at the Whitney Biennial in 2000. The courageous manner in which Dial confronts oppression and records perseverance inspired the title of his critically acclaimed retrospective Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial, which the High exhibited in 2013.

The High’s memorial exhibition, on view February 13 to May 1, 2016, presents a selection of Dial’s exuberant drawings and symbolically rich paintings that the Museum has collected over the past twenty years. Today, Dial is represented in museum collections across the country, including those of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Smithsonian American Art Museum; and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

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