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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:54073
Doc. No:TL24027
Call number:‭1468573‬
Main Entry:Brandon Reintjes
Title & Author:Installing Anatsui: The politics of economics in global contemporary artBrandon Reintjes
College:University of Louisville
Date:2009
Degree:M.A.
student score:2009
Page No:67
Abstract:This paper is specifically concerned with contemporary artist El Anatsui, and his impact upon the region in which he lives and works in Nsukka, Nigeria. El Anatsui's large-scale wall sculptures--created by joining recycled aluminum distillery labels into elaborate brocades resembling adinkra and kente cloths--has garnered him substantial critical acclaim, propelling him from a little-known artist to world-wide fame. Using the 2006 installation of Dzesi II at the Akron Art Museum as an opportunity to examine his inclusion in the canon of contemporary art, Anatsui's critical success--with the simultaneous development of an enormous market potential--allows for a consideration of how contemporary art can act as creative capital and a socioeconomic development tool. His art sales--which support a micro-economy in Nigeria--prompt questions concerning the impact of creative economies in Africa, the implications of the term 'global contemporary,' and the conditions of contemporary art--what its criteria are, how the canon expands, and what it excludes. El Anatsui's ability to leverage international capital to patronize local suppliers and materials has positive benefits for the local economy of Nsukka. The paper also examines the economic implications involved in place-making on a global platform, as well as the role biennials play in transforming institutional authority. Finally, it concludes by showing that Anatsui has been re-contextualized from solely an African artist into a transnational artist who is indispensible to global contemporary art. Anatsui will be presented as a unique combination of local and transnational influences, which--by pursuing a strategy of flexibility and the quality of being liminal as a means for transcending the constraints of his personal position--enable him to realize international success.
Subject:Communication and the arts; Social sciences; Anatsui, El; Nigeria; Biographies; Fine arts; Art history; 0304:Biographies; 0357:Fine arts; 0377:Art history
Added Entry:University of Louisville