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Art Diary

Wangechi Mutu: Intertwined

11 March 2023

The Kenyan-born artist Wangechi Mutu explores African cultural traditions and the legacy of colonialism through sculpture, performance, video, painting and installation. Featuring hybrid, fantastical beings, her works weave together myth and history. This exhibition at the New Museum in New York (until 4 June) brings together more than 100 works, ranging from collages of the early 2000s to her more recent sculptures. Highlights include the diptych Yo Mama (2003) which pays homage to the women’s rights activist and mother of the Afro-beat musician Fela Kuti, Funmilayo Anikulapo-Kuti, and the large-scale bronze sculpture In Two Canoe a disconcerting meditation on the relationship between people and the land. Find out more on the New Museum’s website.

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In Two Canoe (2022), Wangechi Mutu. Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery

Yo Mama (2003), Wangechi Mutu. Photo: Robert Edemeyer; courtesy the artist and Vielmetter, Los Angeles;

People in Glass Towers Should Not Imagine Us (2003), Wangechi Mutu. Courtesy the artist

Intertwined (2003), Wangechi Mutu. Minneapolis Institute of Art. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer; courtesy the artist and Vielmetter, Los Angeles;