The 50 Most Iconic Artworks of the Past Five Years

42. Many Moons by El Anatsui, 2007

The West African artist El Anatsui first showed this work at UCLA's Fowler Museum in 2007 for his exhibition titled Gawu. Anatsui's work takes on a tapestry-like form in the way that he stitches together bottle tops and scraps of paper wrappers with copper wire. His work becomes more delightfully complex with each unique installation of his work—as each one is uniquely draped for the respective exhibition space. Anatsui's cloths have made their debuts in exhibitions around the world, and received their well-due nod. New Yorkers finally get their chance to view the breadth of his work in his first New York museum solo exhibition: Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui, open from February 8 to August 4, 2013 at the Brooklyn Museum.

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