It’s been a fantastic journey!
As Wangechi Mutu’s touring solo exhibition opens at the Brooklyn Museum, we revel in the insightful words of NYT art critic Holland Cotter:
“Ms. Mutu’s collages are her great strength.
“She’s brought them a tremendous developmental distance in a short time. And she is taking them in exciting directions on the evidence of a suite of 13 small pieces collectively titled “Family Tree” and made especially for the exhibition, which has been organized by Trevor Schoonmaker, curator of contemporary art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, where the show originated.
“For this new work, she assembled an encyclopedic spectrum of categories usually assumed to be isolated but that are, in reality, fluid: animal, vegetable and mineral. Nature and culture, personal and political, us and them, home and the world, gorgeous and gross. She put them in a blender and turned it on high. The terrifically bizarre, churning, mutually cannibalizing images that result could be heading toward abstraction, though for this artist that’s too easy a route. She’s giving us something more like an apocalyptic version of polymorphic perversity, a shot of the libidinal pleasure the art world so loves along with a series of fast, repeat jabs to the head it deserves.”
The Nasher Museum organized Wangechi Mutu’s first survey in the United States, the most comprehensive and innovative show yet for this internationally renowned, multidisciplinary artist. The exhibition will travel to the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, in April 2014, and the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, in September 2014.