Wangechi Mutu (kenyane, née le 22 juin 1972 à Nairobi) fait ses études en Grande-Bretagne et aux États-Unis. Diplômée du Cooper Union College de New York en 1996 et de l’université de Yale en 2000, Mutu crée des peintures et des collages qui incorporent une variété de thèmes et de matériaux. Ses œuvres parodiques sur papier sont réalisées à partir de film polyester Mylar, de peinture acrylique, de ruban d’emballage, de paillettes et de photos de magazines.

Elle explore les thèmes de la sexualité, de la féminité, de la violence, de la consommation et du fossé entre nature et culture. Pour son œuvre Cancer of the Uterus (2005), Mutu utilise un diagramme de pathologie médicale, des photos de visages découpés dans un magazine, de la fourrure et une épaisse couche de paillettes noires pour créer un effet de masque déformé. Mutu est actuellement représentée par la galerie Barbara Gladstone à New York, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects en Californie et la galerie Victoria Miro à Londres. Son travail figure parmi de nombreuses institutions, comme le MoMA de San Francisco, le musée d’art de Miami, le MoMA et le Whitney Museum de New York, le musée d’art contemporain de Chicago et le musée d’art contemporain de Los Angeles. Mutu vit et travaille actuellement à New York.

Chronologie

1972
Born in Nairobi, Kenya
1991
I.B. United World College of the Atlantic, Wales, UK
1994
Richard Leakey Merit Award, Nairobi
1996
BFA, Cooper Union for the Advancement of the Arts and Science, New York, NY
1998
Masters of Fine Art Fellowship, Sculpture Department, Yale University, New Haven, CT
2000
MFA, Yale University, School of Art - Sculpture, New Haven, CT
2000
Fannie B. Pardee Fellowship, New Haven, CT
2001
Jamaica Center for the Arts Fellowship, Queens, NY
2003
Studio Museum In Harlem Artist In Residence, New York, NY
2003
Cooper Union Artist Residency, New York
2004
Art Pace Residency, San Antonio, TX
2004
The Chrysalis Award, The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporic Arts, New York
2005
Steep Rock Residency, Washington,CT
2006
Cooper Union President’s Citation in Art, New York, NY
2007
The Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Award New York, NY
2008
The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, New York, NY
2008
Cooper Union Urban Visionaries Awards, Emerging Talent Award, New York, NY
2010
Artist of the Year Award, Berlin
Lives and works in New York

Expositions

2010
Disidentification, Goteborgs Konsthalle, Goteborg, Sweden
Disquieted: Contemporary Voices from Out of the Shadows, Portland Art Museum, Oregon
Until Now: Collecting the New 1960-2010, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis
Inaugural Group Exhibition, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City
Visceral Bodies, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
Contemplating the Void, Guggenheim, New York
Hunt Bury Flee, Gladstone Gallery, New York (solo)
This You Call Civilization?, Art Gallery of Ontario, Ontario (solo)
Faces, Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Milan
The Secret Lives of Trees, Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Zuoz
“Afro-Moderni: Journey’s Through the Black Atlantic,” Tate Liverpool, Liverpool
“The Visible Vagina,” David Nolan, New York
“Wangechi Mutu: My Dirty Little Heaven”, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany, traveling to: Wiels Museum, Brussels, Belgium
2009
“Collection: MOCA’s First Thirty Years,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
“The Spectacle of the Everyday,” Biennale d’art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon
“Dress Codes: The Third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video,” International Center of Photography, New York
“Wishful Thinkers,” Milk Gallery Project, New York, NY
“Damaged Romanticism,” Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, NY
“Black Womanhood,” San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California
“Collected,” Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
“Paint Made Flesh,” Frist Center for Visual Arts, Nashville, TN, curated by Mark Scala
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (solo)
Performa 09, Performa Biennial, New York
Collection, Washington DC and Memorail Art Gallery, Rochester, NY
Rebelle, Art & Feminism 1969-2009,Museum voor Moderne Kunts, Arnhem, Netherlands
Sortilége, Fondation pour L'art Contemporain, Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon, Alex, France
2008
Wangechi Mutu In Whose Image?, Kunsthalle Wien Museum, Vienna (solo)
"Little Touched”, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects
2007
“Triumph of Painting,” The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
YO.N.I, Victoria Miro Gallery, London (solo)
The Cinderella Curse, ACA Gallery of SCAD, Atlanta (solo)
Cleanning Earth, Franklin Artworks, Minneapolis (solo)
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles projects, Los Angeles (solo)
2006
“An Alien Eye: and other killah anthems,” Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York (solo)
“Exhuming Gluttony: a Lover’s Requiem,” Salon 94, New York (solo)
“Global Feminism,” Brooklyn Museum, New York
“USA Today,” Royal Academy of Art, London
“The Santa Fe Biennial,” Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM, curated by Klaus Ottman
“The Seville Biennale,” Seville, Spain, curated by Okwui Enwezor
“Having New Eyes,” Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
"INFINITE PAINTING - Contemporary Painting and Global Realism," Villa Manin Centre for Contemporary Art, Passariano, Italy, curated by Francesco Bonami and Sarah Cosulich Canarutto
“New African Art,” Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
New work: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
2005
Drawing from The Modern, 1975-2005, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Figures of Thinking: Convergences in Contemporary Cultures, Richard A. Peeler Art Center, DePauw University, IN (traveling to the McDonough Museum of Art, Youngstown State University, OH, and the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond, VA)
Greater New York 2005, PS1, Long Island City, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Amazing Grace, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
"problematica”, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects
2004
Pin-Up: Contemporary Collage and Drawing, Tate Modern, London, UK
Fight or Flight: Kristin Baker, Amy Gartrell, Rico Gatson, Wangechi Mutu, Marc Swanson, and Ivan Witenstein, Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York, NY
Gwangju Biennial, South Korea
Color Theory, Vitamin Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy
Figuratively, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Open House: Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY
Africa Remix, Kunstpalast Duesseldorf, Germany, (traveled to Centre Pompidou, Paris, France and the Hayward Gallery, London U.K.)
Art Pace, San Antonio, TX
2003
Only Skin Deep, International Center of Photography, New York, NY
Looking Both Ways: Art of the Contemporary African Diaspora, Museum for African Art, Long Island City, New York, NY
New Art Wave, BAM, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
The Broken Mirror, Leroy Neiman Gallery at Columbia University, New York, NY
Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, The New Museum, New York, NY (traveled to The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnatti, OH; The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; Barbican Centre, London, U.K.)
Creatures, Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning, Queens, NY
"Pagan Poetry”, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects
2002
Favourites ll, Serge Ziegler Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland
1997
Life’s Little Necessities, Johannesburg Biennale, The Castle, Cape Town, South Africa