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Interview with Artist Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey

African artist, Wangechi Mutu Heather Russell sat down with contemporary African artist, Wangechi Mutu, to discuss her previous works and current exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey.

artnet is thrilled to present an in-depth conversation with Brooklyn-based artist (Kenyan, b.1972), interviewed by senior specialist, Heather Russell, about the current survey of her work, Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey, at the Brooklyn Museum. Hailed by the New York Times as inventing her own brand of exoticism, Mutu is best known for her highly recognizable, fantastical collages that incorporate a variety of themes and obscure materials. She explores themes of sexuality and femininity, consumerism and excess, violence, and the rift between nature and culture, ethnicity and identity. Her work has been exhibited at many institutions, but this is the first survey held in the United States, showcasing the variety of works Mutu has created over the last two decades. For more information on Mutu’s career, please visit the Wangechi Mutu Catalogue, available on artnet Monographs. View Wangechi Mutu artworks on sale at artnet Auctions.

Wangechi Mutu, Untitled, 2003
Collage on vellum
Estimate US$24,000–31,000
End Time Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 10:55 a.m. (EST)

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Wangechi Mutu, S'Nicky Eyes, c.2002
Mixed media
Estimate US$14,000–16,000
End Time Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 11:20 a.m. (EST)

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Heather Russell
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