Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey

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Trevor Schoonmaker
Duke University Press, 2013 - Art - 167 pages
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This richly illustrated full-colour catalogue 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 journalist and filmmaker dream hampton, 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

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User Review  - Juju - Goodreads

Great book on a fascinating contemporary Kenyan artist. The selection and presentation of work is phenomenal, the commentary is illuminating and the artwork itself is amazing -bringing together an African visual tradition with richly layered modern approaches. Read full review

About the author (2013)

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.

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