The many hands of El Anatsui
When I Last Wrote to You About Africa
Jeff Koons tasks the lifting of paintbrushes to his tightly controlled troop of 150 paid assistants. Andy Warhol relied upon an assembly line of hired hands to mass-produce his silkscreens and lithographs. And even Michelangelo entrusted the painting of several doughy putti on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel to a few skilled helpers.