El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum

We went to see the John Singer Sargent watercolors, and we did. There isn’t much more to say about them other than that they’re absolutely amazing. But you knew that anyway. I mean, look at this.

Or this.

And don’t even get me started on this, which wasn’t in the Brooklyn show.

We’re here to look at the monumental works of El Anatsui, the Ghanian artist of grand and monumental works made of the most uninspiring materials.

Look at these shimmering veils.

Or this floor sculpture, escaping up the wall.
If you identify this as being made up of countless milk jar lids, you win the big prize. But clearly it’s much more than that, and so are the rest of them. He takes countless liquor bottle labels, or bottlecaps, or whatever, tirelessly hammers them into place and knits them together with tiny bits of copper wire.

Look more closely…

The overall effect is luminous and otherworldly.

We saw all this, and more, this being F.’s first time at the Brooklyn. We went on Saturday, and we found that the first Saturday of every month is sponsored by Target, and they don’t close at 6 like we though they would, but instead close at — who knows, midnight? The party was just getting started in the new modern lobby, where they have live music and performances all day. We ended up leaving around 8 and clearly, the Brooklyn Museum was the place to be.

Tom McGee has been building web sites since 1995, and blogging here since 2006. Currently a senior developer at Seton Hall University, he's also a freelance web programmer and musician. Contact him if you have the need for a blog, web site, redesign or custom programming!

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