Exhibition tip: El Anatsui’s “Trains of Thought” at Jack Shainman Gallery (NY)

Image courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery.

Image courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery.

In case you’re in New York early November for Sotheby’s sale of the Kunin collection, you might want to visit Chelsea to see some contemporary African art too. Jack Shainman Gallery on 24 Street currently is exhibiting new works of El Anatsui (info). His previous show at Shainman was mesmerizing (and nearly sold out). In 2012, Bonhams London achieved a world record for this Ghanaian artist (working in Nigeria), when they sold a similar woven tapestry for $ 850,544 (info) – making him one of the most successful African artists. He was also honored with a solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum last year. Susan Vogel recently published an excellent book on the man and also produced an interesting documentary about his studio – see the trailer below.