New monograph of the famous American-Kenyan artist, presenting her bronze and clay sculptures and her recent films.
Accompanying a 2022 exhibition at Storm King Art Center, New York, comprising large-scale bronzes, earthworks, and films by Wangechi Mutu, this publication includes a foreword by John P. Stern, President of Storm King, an essay situating Mutu's sculptures within an art historical context by Storm King's Artistic Director and Chief Curator, Nora Lawrence, an artist's statement by Mutu, and an essay by contributing author, Aisha Tandiwe Bell. Installation photography of Mutu's works sited in Storm King's expansive landscape, and inside the Art Center's Museum Building, illustrate the publication. The book is designed by Omnivore in collaboration with the Wangechi Mutu Studio.
Wangechi Mutu (born 1972 in Nairobi, Kenya) is an artist and sculptor who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, associated with the Afrofuturist movement. Wangechi Mutu's work deals with the very idea of human representation; how we perceive and reproduce images of what we think we are, how we view others and create images of what we think of them. In her ongoing conversations with figuration, what Mutu's work looks at are value systems that either obscure or elevate our image and reflections. In her collage-paintings, sculptures, films and performance rituals, Mutu uses ink, soil, ash, bronze, driftwood, horn, pigments, wine, hair; ultimately keeping the figure as the focus, always seeking to find out more about who we are, what we mean to each other and why we recreate ourselves in Art. Mutu has participated in several major solo exhibitions in institutions worldwide, including Wangechi Mutu, The NewOnes, will free Us at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and Wangechi Mutu: I Am Speaking, Are You Listening? at the Legion of Honor, San Francisco.