Photo Diary: El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum.

El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum

El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum

El Antasui at the Brooklyn Museum

El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum

El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum

El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum

El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum

El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum

El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum

El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum

El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum

This is an artist who knows his way around materials: the lids of tin cans, the tops of whiskey bottles, the rumpled bits of old printing plates, scraps of singed wood — all transformed into the most staggeringly beautiful pieces imaginable. If you haven’t been, don’t miss Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum. The show really made me see the painterly quality of so much of his work (especially that last one — which I particularly liked).

On view through August 4.

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