Wangechi Mutu, ‘Misguided Little Unforgivable Hierarchies’, 2005, Brooklyn Museum

Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey, Brooklyn Museum, 2013

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Purchase through a gift of the Buddy Taub Foundation, Jill and Dennis Roach, directors, 2005.184.

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

The Figure in Contemporary Art, rosenfeld porcini, London
In Context: Africans in America, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
Blackness in Abstraction, Pace Gallery, New York
Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Chicago
Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn