Excerpt from the NY Times' Arts Briefly column, compiled by Lawrence van Gelder (June 11, 2007)
Malian Photographer Honored at Biennale
photo source: La Biennale di Venezia web site
The Malian photographer Malick Sidibé, known for works like “Vues de Does,” became the first African to be awarded the Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement at the Venice Biennale, Agence France-Presse reported. Robert Storr, the show’s artistic director, said, “No African artist has done more to enhance photography’s stature in the region, contribute to its history, enrich its image archive or increase our awareness of the textures and transformations of African culture in the second half of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st than Malick Sidibé.”
Excerpt from the NY Times: Art in the Present Tense: Politics, Loss and Beauty by Carol Vogel (June 11, 2007)
Normally the installation at the Arsenale has a hodgepodge effect, but under Mr. Storr, it is more coherent, looking like a carefully conceived museum exhibition rather than a random assemblage of works. Among the standouts are a pair of tapestrylike hangings fashioned from discarded soda cans by the artist El Anatsui, who was born in Ghana and lives in Nigeria; though steeped in African culture, their shimmering patina evoked the luster of a painting by Gustav Klimt. [read complete article here]
“Dusasa I,” a shimmering, tapestry-like hanging made of discarded soda cans, by the artist El Anatsui.
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