The New Museum invites you to a book launch for El Anatsui: The Reinvention of Sculpture by Chika Okeke-Agulu and Okwui Enwezor (Damiani, 2022). Join Massimiliano Gioni, Edlis Neeson Artistic Director for a panel discussion featuring Okeke-Agulu, Jason Farago of The New York Times, and Julian Lucas of The New Yorker, who will discuss the artistic practice and life of world-renowned, Ghanaian-born sculptor El Anatsui.
About The Speakers
Jason Farago is critic at large for The New York Times. He previously wrote for the Guardian, and has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Artforum, New Republic, Vogue, and many other publications. From 2015 to 2018 he served as editor-in-chief of Even, an art magazine he co-founded, whose ten-issue run is collected in the anthology Out of Practice. In 2022 Farago was awarded one of the inaugural Silvers-Dudley Prizes for criticism and journalism.
Julian Lucas is a critic and essayist based in Brooklyn. He is a staff writer at The New Yorker and an editor-at-large at Cabinet. His work focuses on the representation of history in literature, games, and the visual arts, with recent articles on Isaac Julien, El Anatsui, and the contemporary movement for art restitution. His writing has appeared in The New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Magazine, Art in America, and the New York Times Book Review, where he was a contributing writer. He was a finalist for the 2020–2021 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing.
Chika Okeke-Agulu is an artist, critic, and art historian who lives and works in Princeton, NJ. He is professor of African and African Diaspora Art and Director of the Program in African Studies at Princeton University. Okeke-Agulu is co-author of El Anatsui: The Reinvention of Sculpture (Damiani, 2022). He is a fellow of the British Academy and was recently appointed Slade Professor of Fine Art at University of Oxford (2023).
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