Wangechi Mutu

1972 · Kenya

Artist biography

Wangechi Mutu is a mid-career established artist, who originates from Kenya, like other prominent artists such as Mimi Cherono Ng'Ok, Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga, Stanislaw Trzebinski, Magdalene Odundo, and Wangari Mathenge. Wangechi Mutu was born in 1972.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Wangechi Mutu's work is available on display in 5 galleries around the globe, such as in Belgium, Denmark, and the United States. The galleries exhibiting Wangechi Mutu's work include Gladstone Gallery in Belgium, Edition Copenhagen in Denmark, as well as Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles in the United States. Wangechi Mutu's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Rock My Soul at Victoria Miro Gallery | 16 Wharf Road in London, the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 01 October 2019 until 01 November 2019. Wangechi Mutu's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; Contemporary Dialogues with Tintoretto (20 October 2018 - 24 February 2019) at Zuecca Project Space in Italy and Sculpture (31 May 2019 - 02 August 2019) at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles in the United States.

Wangechi Mutu in private collections

Wangechi Mutu's art can be found on Artland in the following collection: Jimenez -Colon Collection. This also includes works by other critically acclaimed artists, Hur Kyung-Ae, Shepard Fairey, and Amir H. Fallah.

Further Biographical Context for Wangechi Mutu

Born in 1972, Wangechi Mutu grew up during the 1990s and was influenced by the artistic culture of the time. A group of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a diverse group of practitioners. A number of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most famous member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became known for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an outlook that was rebellious yet enterprising. Due to the high amount of media coverage that they received, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. The art world was influenced by a number of trends throughout the decade, and was characterised by the derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and sensitive, conceptual advancements as presented in the work of artists including Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Wangechi Mutu

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