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Wangechi Mutu (Kenyan, b.1972)
LOT ID: 58915
S'Nicky Eyes, ie. circa 2002

Mixed Media, Mixed Media, acrylic over pencil, and printed paper collage on mylar (X-ray film)
7.25 х 5.25 in. (18.42 x 13.34 cm.)
Signed, signed lower right, titled, 'S'Nicky Eyes,' on verso
Lot description
Mixed Media,
acrylic over pencil, and printed paper collage on mylar (X-ray film),
signed lower right,
titled, 'S'Nicky Eyes,' on verso.

Framed.

Measurements:
Image: 7 -1/4 by 5 1/4 inches.
Frame: 15 -1/2 by 21 -1/2 inches.

Condition: Excellent.

Wangenchi Mutu’s collages and assemblages explore cultural identity through wide-ranging imagery that reference colonial history, contemporary culture and politics, her African heritage, and female gender roles. With painted elements that add a sense of whimsy and aid in creating visual tensions, Mutu’s highly energized compositions capture the spirit of both a personal and shared history.

Born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1972, Wangechi Mutu received her BFA in 1996 from New York’s Cooper Union for the Advancement of the Arts and Science and went on to earn her MFA in 2000 from Yale University. She was awarded the Cooper Union Urban Visionaries Awards, Emerging Talent Award in 2008, the same year she received The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant. In 2010 she was named the Deutsche Guggenheim Artist of the Year, Berlin, Germany. Her work has been well received throughout the world and has been displayed in recent solo exhibitions at Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY (2010); Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany (2010); Wiels Contemporary Museum, Brussels, Belgium (2010); Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA (2009); Kusthalle Wien Museum, Vienna, Austria (2008); The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (2005); and Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL (2005). She is represented by Barbara Gladstone Gallery in New York, NY; Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA; and Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK.

Selected Public Collections:

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
The San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
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