Wangechi Mutu

Kenyan, b. 1972

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Wangechi Mutu

Kenyan, b. 1972

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Wangechi Mutu explores the violence and misrepresentation that women, particularly black women, experience in the contemporary world. Referencing artists such as Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Chris Ofili, and Romare Bearden, as well as art-historical movements like Surrealism, her drawings and collages graft together images from anthropological, ethnographic and medical texts, Vogue, and pornography. Mutu commonly works on paper or Mylar, applying her sampled figures along with ink, acrylic paint, and materials like plastic pearls. She has spoken of her art—which includes sculpture and installations with similar coiled, hybrid imagery—as using the aesthetic of rejection and wretchedness to explore the hopeful or sublime.

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Solo show at a major institution
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and 2 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 9 more
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Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 5 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 7 more
Biography

Wangechi Mutu explores the violence and misrepresentation that women, particularly black women, experience in the contemporary world. Referencing artists such as Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Chris Ofili, and Romare Bearden, as well as art-historical movements like Surrealism, her drawings and collages graft together images from anthropological, ethnographic and medical texts, Vogue, and pornography. Mutu commonly works on paper or Mylar, applying her sampled figures along with ink, acrylic paint, and materials like plastic pearls. She has spoken of her art—which includes sculpture and installations with similar coiled, hybrid imagery—as using the aesthetic of rejection and wretchedness to explore the hopeful or sublime.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 9 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 5 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 7 more
Articles Featuring Wangechi Mutu
Amid Controversy, the Whitney Biennial Plays It Safe
May 14th, 2019
15 + Maria Cornejo: Celebrating 15 Years with 15 Female Artists
Feb 3rd, 2014
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