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El Anatsui
New Worlds
John R. Stomberg, ed.; Amanda Gilvin, ed.; John R. Stomberg, intro.

Mount Holyoke
2015 • 134 pp. 70 color illus. 7 3/4 x 11"
African Art / Contemporary Art / Art - Single Artist

$40.00 Paperback, 978-0-9890835-1-5

A sumptuously illustrated testimony of one college community’s engagement with the artwork of Ghanaian artist El Anatsui

One of the most acclaimed figures of today’s global art world, Ghanaian artist El Anatsui has remained in the limelight since his sensational appearance in the 2007 Venice Biennale. When the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum collaborated with the artist to organize an exhibition of his monumental artwork—including a personal visit to the remote Massachusetts campus—it shocked the contemporary art community. El Anatsui: New Worlds is the product of the college’s prolonged engagement with this installation—a lavishly illustrated volume highlighting the responses of twenty members of the community. Drawing on their own training in computer science or philosophy, biology or economics, the contributors examine their creative and intellectual reactions to Anatsui’s powerful sculptures, offering the unique lens of their particular discipline.

With its stunning design, diverse scholarly perspectives, and featured conversation with the artist, El Anatsui: New Worlds will captivate art lovers and art historians alike.

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JOHN R. STOMBERG is the Florence Finch Abbott Director of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum in South Hadley, Massachusetts. He has curated numerous exhibitions and published on topics including contemporary art, photography, and teaching with art. AMANDA GILVIN is a specialist in museum studies, textiles, and African art. She is the Five College Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in African Art and Architecture, affiliated with Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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