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Mutu’s work involves developing and expanding a personal myth-making which combines her
childhood experiences and memories from Kenya as well as her own journey through various cultures and
experiences. This sculpture is based on the tradition
of coastal East African Nguva or water women. These mythical beings wander …

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Stamped by artist's estate, Incised signature and number

In a practice that spans painting, sculpture, collage, film, and installation, Wangechi Mutu explores the violence and misrepresentations that afflict contemporary women—Black women, in particular. The effects of globalization and consumerism are also frequent themes. Contorted feminine forms, which seem simultaneously futuristic and primordial, appear throughout Mutu’s mythical bronzes and bricolages of paint, ink, magazine cutouts, and found materials. Mutu received her MFA from Yale University and has exhibited in New York, Berlin, London, Tokyo, Miami, and Chicago. She participated in the 2019 Whitney Biennial and created the inaugural commission for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Fifth Avenue façade. Her work belongs in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Saatchi Gallery.

Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2019
Whitney Biennial 2019Whitney Museum of American Art
Whitney Biennial 2019Whitney Museum of American Art
2013
Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic JourneyBrooklyn Museum
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Chocolate Nguva, 2015

Bronze
10 × 16 × 14 in
25.4 × 40.6 × 35.6 cm
Edition of 9
.
US$50,000
Location
New York
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Mutu’s work involves developing and expanding a personal myth-making which combines her
childhood …

Medium
Signature
Stamped by artist's estate, Incised signature and number

In a practice that spans painting, sculpture, collage, film, and installation, Wangechi Mutu explores the violence and misrepresentations that afflict contemporary women—Black women, in particular. The effects of globalization and consumerism are also frequent themes. Contorted feminine forms, which seem simultaneously futuristic and primordial, appear throughout Mutu’s mythical bronzes and bricolages of paint, ink, magazine cutouts, and found materials. Mutu received her MFA from Yale University and has exhibited in New York, Berlin, London, Tokyo, Miami, and Chicago. She participated in the 2019 Whitney Biennial and created the inaugural commission for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Fifth Avenue façade. Her work belongs in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Saatchi Gallery.

Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works from Carolina Nitsch Contemporary Art at The Armory Show 2017
Other works by Wangechi Mutu
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