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Hot Art: El Anatsui’s Artifacts of Modernity

El Anatsui's Sacred Moon (detail)

TO FEBRUARY 27 One doesn’t normally expect an institution best known for its dinosaur bones, medieval armour and ancient Egyptian mummies to delve deeply into contemporary issues like globalization and consumerism. Yet that’s exactly what the Royal Ontario Museum does with its captivating exhibition When I Last Wrote To You About Africa, a retrospective of Ghana-born artist El Anatsui. The critically acclaimed show collects dozens of Anatsui’s drawings, paintings, sculptures and his signature wall hangings which weave such discarded items as bottle caps, aluminum foil and strands of wire into monumental tapestries that simultaneously evoke West Africa’s traditional culture and its modern challenges.

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