Renowned Ghanaian Sculptor, El Anatsui, inducted into 250-member American Academy of Arts and Letters

New York, US (PANA) - The last is yet to be heard of the avalanche of accolades coming to renowned Ghanaian Artist/Sculptor, Professor El Anatsui.

Reports from New York said that El Anatsui emerged one of the 12 recipients honoured by the American Academy of Arts and Letters at its annual induction and award ceremony in New York recently.

The 12 were inducted into the 250-person organization, three of them non Americans - EL ANATSUI, artist from Ghana; IAN BURUMA, writer from the Netherlands, ZADIE SMITH, writer from England. One American honorary member musician MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS, was also inducted.

According to the reports, Paula Kerger, President and CEO of the Public Broadcasting Service, delivered the Blashfield Foundation Address, titled “The Ideal of Excellence,” marking the 50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act.

An exhibition of art, architecture, books, and manuscripts by new members and recipients of the awards is currently showing.

El Anatsui is a Ghanaian sculptor active for much of his career in Nigeria. He has drawn particular international attention for his iconic "bottle-top installations", distinctive large-scale assemblages of thousands of pieces of aluminium sourced from alcohol recycling stations and sewn together with copper wire, transformed into metallic cloth-like wall sculptures in a way that can "draw connections between consumption, waste, and the environment".

An alumnus of the College of Art, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, El Anatsui is one of the most exciting international contemporary artists around.

Throughout a distinguished 40-year career as both sculptor and teacher – he was Professor of Sculpture and Departmental Head at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka – El Anatsui has addressed a vast range of social, political and historical concerns, and embraced an equally diverse range of media and processes.

His sculptures have been collected by major international museums, ranging from the British Museum, London, to the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the de Young Museum, San Francisco; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Guggenheim, Abu Dhabi; Osaka Foundation of Culture, Osaka; Museum of Modern Art, New York and many other prestigious institutions besides.

His installations have provoked wide international attention in recent years, with institutions and audiences fascinated by these sumptuous, mesmerising works made from thousands of aluminium bottle tops.

The American Academy of Arts and Letters was founded in 1898 as an honour society of the country’s leading architects, artists, composers, and writers.

Early members include William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, Julia Ward Howe, Henry James, Edward MacDowell, Theodore Roosevelt, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, John Singer Sargent, and Edith Wharton.

The Academy’s 250 members are elected for life and pay no dues. In addition to electing new members as vacancies occur, the Academy seeks to foster and sustain an interest in Literature, Music, and the Fine Arts by administering over 70 awards and prizes, exhibiting art and manuscripts, funding performances of new works of musical theater, and purchasing artwork for donation to museums across the United States.
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