Le Noble Savage

Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey, Brooklyn Museum, 2013

Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, Scarsdale, New York.

About Wangechi Mutu

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.

Kenyan, b. 1972, Nairobi, Kenya, based in Brooklyn, New York

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
In Context: Africans in America, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
2016
Blackness in Abstraction, Pace Gallery, New York
2015
the tiny picture show, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York
2015
Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Chicago
2013
Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn