Wangechi Mutu’s “A Fanstastic Journey” To Launch At Brooklyn Museum (DETAILS)

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Artist Wangechi Mutu has come a long way since her salad days as an immigrant and student  struggling to make it in New York in the 1990s. Three weeks from now, the Nairobi, Kenya native, mother of two and Brooklynite, finally armed with a proper Green Card, will launch “A Fanstastic Journey”, a 50 piece retrospective of her work from the mid 1990’s to the present at the Brooklyn Museum.

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For the initiated,  Mutu makes art about women, specifically black women. Her collages, drawings, sculptures and video critique exoticism, pornography, colonialism and a plethora of other issues plucked from Mutu’s imagination and observations. The fruits of her labor are equally disturbing as well as beautiful.  If you aren’t familiar with her work, this Brooklyn Museum show is the perfect opportunity to get with her program.

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“A Fantastic Journey” will run from October 11, 2013–March 9, 2014 at the Brooklyn Museum on Eastern Parkway in  Brooklyn.

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Wangechi Mutu (Kenyan, b. 1972). Le Noble Savage, 2006. Ink and collage on Mylar, 91¾ x 54 in. (233 x 137.2 cm). Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, Scarsdale, New York. Image courtesy of the artist. © Wangechi Mutu