African Artist El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum

Born in Ghana, El Anatsui now works and teaches in Nigeria. From scavenged liquor bottle caps, tin cans, and other found objects, he makes shimmering monumental masterpieces, which exceed in beauty the finest fabrics or jewel-encrusted royal treasures. My friends and I–indeed everyone at the museum yesterday–marveled at his works. Gravity and Grace–Monumental Works by El Anatsui, at the Brooklyn Museum through August 4, 2013.

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Diane, Willie, Catherine, and Michael

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Diane takes a closer look

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Willie, Michael, and Catherine--Beauty in every direction

Willie, Michael, and Catherine–Beauty in every direction

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Diane behind an El Anatsui veil

Diane behind an El Anatsui veil

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Michael always gets the last word

Michael always gets the best shot (and the last word).