Wangechi Mutu, ‘Snake Eater’, 2014, Amref Health Africa: Benefit Auction 2017

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Artist Biography
Born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1972, Wangechi Mutu received her MFA from Yale University. Her work has been the subject of numerous solo shows, including, “Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey”, which traveled to: Brooklyn Museum, New York; Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, North Carolina; Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami; and Block Museum, Evanston, Illinois. Other solo exhibitions include: SITE, Santa Fe; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal; Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin; Wiels Center for Contemporary Art, Brussels; Art Gallery of Ontario; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Kunsthalle Wien; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Mutu is the recipient of Deutsche Bank’s “Artist of the Year” award, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Award, and the American Federation of Arts’ Leadership Award. In the coming year, Mutu will present solo exhibitions at Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium and The Contemporary Austin, Texas.
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“WANGECHI MUTU” THE CONTEMPORARY AUSTIN, AUSTIN, TX (UPCOMING), 2017; “WANGECHI MUTU” LEHMANN MAUPIN, HONG KONG, 2017; “NDORO NA MITI” GLADSTONE GALLERY, NEW YORK, NY, 2017; “THE END OF CARRYING ALL,” MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON, TX, 2016; SOLO INSTALLATION, YALE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY, NEW HAVEN, CT, 2016; "20 YEARS / 20 SHOWS: WANGECHI MUTU,” SITE, SANTA FE, NM, 2016; "WANGECHI MUTU: THE HYRBID HUMAN,” ARLENE AND HAROLD SCHNITZER CENTER FOR ART AND DESIGN, PACIFIC NORTHWEST COLLEGE OF ART, PORTLAND, OR, 2016; IL CAPRICORNO, VENICE, ITALY, 2015; “NGUVA NA NYOKA”, VICTORIA MIRO GALLERY, LONDON, 2014; Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, 2013

FATEMAN, JOHANNA, “WANGECHI MUTU” ARTFORUM, APRIL 2017; SMITH, ROBERTA, “WANGECHI MUTU”, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 9 MARCH 2017; DONOGHUE, KATY, “WANGECHI MUTU GETS CLOSER TO THE LANDSCAPE THAT SPEAKS TO HER IN ‘NDORO NA MITI’”, WHITEWALL MAGAZINE, 6 MARCH 2017; SCOBIE, ILKA, “WANGECHI MUTU: NDORO NA MITI”, THE BROOKLYN RAIL, 2 MARCH 2017; HERNANDEZ, JILLIAN, “THE AMBIVALENT GROTESQUE: READING BLACK WOMEN’S EROTIC CORPOREALITY IN WANGECHI MUTU’S WORK” SIGNS: JOURNAL OF WOMEN IN CULTURE AND SOCIETY. VOL 21, NO. 2. CHICAGO: THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS, PG. COVER; 432-433; 435; 438; 446-447; 450; 453, 2016; A.M.B., “DEPICTING THE DIASPORA: ‘AFRICANS IN AMERICA’ PROBES QUESTIONS OF IDENTITY AND NOMENCLATURE”, THE ECONOMIST, 30 NOVEMBER 2016; SARGENT, ANTWAUN, “A SOUTH AFRICAN EXHIBITION EXPLORES AFRICAN AMERICAN IDENTITY”, THE CREATORS PROJECT, 1 DECEMBER 2016.

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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