Category Archives: Contemporary Art Museum

El Anatsui: Gravity and Grace

A couple of years ago, a piece by El Anatsui stopped me dead in my trek through MOMA.  I didn’t know who he was, or the significance of the piece…..only that it grabbed my attention.  It was Bleeding Takari II, a huge, shimmering wall hanging.


Susan Vogel’s excellent documentary Fold Crumple Crush:  The Art of El Anatsui increased my interest in Anatsui’s art.  Click here for a brief trailer of the film.

The Art Caravan had the good fortune to see the travelling exhibition, Gravity and Grace: The Monumental Works of El Anatsui  at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.  It was a perfect setting for the works, as the Downtown location is in the historic Santa Fe Depot Baggage Building, a cavernous space with natural light.

Look closely at the work. (Click on the images for better viewing.) It is composed of recycled materials, often woven together with copper wire.  I admire how the microscopic pieces, beautiful and full of history, combine to create a macroscopic work of art.  It’s no wonder El Anatsui is considered the foremost contemporary African artist.

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (La Jolla)

This is a short list* of reasons why I especially like the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla:

-Admission is free for ages 25 and under (bring the kids!)

-Admission ticket is good for a week (bring the kids once, and then go back again—by yourself)

-A compact, but very good, outdoor sculpture gallery

-It’s a beautiful space, with amazing views over the Pacific Ocean

-Enjoyable cafe, with a lovely patio

-Small gift shop filled with ‘good things’

Last, but not least…..

-Great art shows!

*(I just finished reading 1982 by Jian Ghomeshi, and was inspired by Jian’s  ‘short lists’ or ‘shortlists.’)

Crossroads (Border Tijuana-San Diego) by Marcos Ramirez ERRE