Wangechi Mutu

Wangechi Mutu (born 1972) explores the violence and misrepresentation that women, particularly black women, experience in the contemporary world. Referencing artists such as Gustav KlimtEgon SchieleChris Ofili, and Romare Bearden, as well as art-historical movements like Surrealism. Her work has often been described as a form of myth-making, one in which fact and fiction blend together creating a realm of possibilities for another group of symbolic female characterizations, distinctly different from narratives that appear in either classical history or popular culture. 

Mutu received her MFA from Yale University. Her work has been the subject of solo shows at museums and institutions throughout the United States and abroad including: Le Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal; WIELS, Brussels; Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; and the Miami Art Museum, Miami. Her work has also appeared in numerous group shows at institutions including: Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Gotesborgs Kunsthalle, Sweden; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Liverpool, UK; and The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. 


Related Works

  • Contemporary artist Mika Rottenberg also explores the otherhood of women and minority groups, with a focus on questions of labor and value in late capitalist society. View her work.
  • Wangechi Mutu's monstrous subjects recall the sculptural work of the late French-American artist Louise Bourgeois. Bourgeois was a pioneer of confessional art who depicted her family members as grotesque spiders and other creatures. View her work.