Synopses & Reviews
This richly illustrated full-color catalog accompanies the first major solo museum exhibition and most comprehensive survey of the artist Wangechi Mutu's work, on view at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University from March 21, 2013, through July 21, 2013, before traveling to the Brooklyn Museum. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1972, and now based in Brooklyn, Mutu renders the complex global sensibility of the early twenty-first century through a distinctly hybrid aesthetic. She combines found materials and magazine cutouts with sculpture and painted imagery, sampling from sources and phenomena as diverse as African traditions, international politics, the fashion industry, and science fiction. In her work, Mutu marries poetic symbolism with sociopolitical critique to explore issues of gender, race, war, colonialism, and, particularly, the exoticization of the black female body.
The many images included in Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey highlight the most important and iconic works that Mutu has created since the mid-1990s, as well as portray new collages, drawings, videos, and site-specific installations. The catalog also offers an intimate look into her sketchbooks and includes an interview with the artist conducted by the exhibition's curator, Trevor Schoonmaker. Essays by Schoonmaker, the art historian Kristine Stiles, and the critic, musician, and producer Greg Tate are paired with an illustrated chronology of Mutu's work.
Publication of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
“The catalogue is an impressive insight into her work on its own, although you’re left curious where Mutu will take this all next, as she’s instigated so many transformations in this beginning of her career." Allison Meier
“An extremely handsome book for an artist who received her MFA in 2000, and brings multiple perspectives to the work. . . . It is beautifully produced, and so permeated with Mutu’s work that it begins and ends with several text-less pages of drawings, and her work occupies both end-papers and cover. What an inspired idea.” Hyperallergic
This full-color catalog accompanies the first major solo museum exhibition of the artist Wangechi Mutu's work, on view at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University from March 21, 2013 until July 21, 2013, before traveling to the Brooklyn Museum.
About the Author
Trevor Schoonmaker is Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, where he has curated the traveling exhibitions The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl, Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool, and Street Level: Mark Bradford, William Cordova and Robin Rhode. He is the editor of Fela: From West Africa to West Broadway.