On View: See Images From El Anatsui’s Monumental Hyundai Commission ‘Behind the Red Moon’ at Tate Modern in London

Installation view of Hyundai Commission: El Anatsui: Behind the Red Moon, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London, UK. | Photo by Joe Humphrys, © Tate   On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions   A NEW SITE-SPECIFIC COMMISSION by Ghanaian artist El Anatsui officially opened today at Tate Modern in London. “El Anatsui: Behind the Red Moon” is a monumental representation of Anatsui’s extraordinary practice. The three-part installation speaks to human history, geographies, and the transatlantic slave trade. The museum’s Hyundai Commission provides a unique opportunity for an artist to envision an ambitious project in Turbine Hall, a vast industrial space. Anatsui is the first African artist selected for the commission. Defined by brilliant color and abstract designs, Anatsui’s sculptural textiles are some of the most breathtaking works of contemporary art being made anywhere in the world. The intricate works are composed of many thousands of recycled aluminum bottle caps, flattened and bound by copper wire, a labor-intensive process that requires teams of artisans to complete. For Turbine Hall, Anatsui has said he knew from the outset that he wanted to consider the history of the transatlantic slave trade. Suspended from the ceiling, the works in “Behind the Red Moon” bring […]

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