Wangechi Mutu

Wangechi Mutu, Riding Death in My Sleep, 2002. Courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

The Kenyan-born contemporary artist Wangechi Mutu has contributed approximately 100 images of her work to the Artstor Digital Library. The selection in Artstor includes the work from two major museum surveys: Wangechi Mutu at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, and A Fantastic Journey, a traveling show that opened at the Nasher Museum of Art.

Wangechi Mutu scrutinizes globalization by combining found materials, magazine cutouts, sculpture, and painted imagery. Mutu is best known for provocative collages that combine drawn elements and image fragments from a variety of media such as fashion magazines, ethnographic journals, and pornography to explore gender, race, war, colonialism, global consumption, and the exoticization of the black female body.

Mutu's work has been exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Miami Art Museum, Tate Modern, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Deutsche Guggenheim, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.