Lot 453
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Wangechi Mutu

150,000 - 200,000 USD
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  • Wangechi Mutu
  • Untitled (Pearl Teeth)
  • signed and dated 2008
  • paper collage, spray paint, beads, glitter and acrylic on vellum
  • 44 by 58 1/2 in. 111.8 by 148.6 cm.


Suzanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles
Private Collection, Canada
Acquired by the present owner from the above


Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario, Wangechi Mutu: This You Call Civilization?, February - May 2010

Catalogue Note

“Mutu’s work takes on a nexus of complicated themes—including race, consumerism, body image, gender and the lasting effects of colonialism—through a hybrid practice that combines images from fashion magazines and biology textbooks with soil, sequins, pearls and watercolours in a startling array of configurations…Her ferocious female protagonists, often cobbled together from animal, human and machine parts, meet the viewer’s gaze with equal parts seduction and cruelty—they compel us to take second and third glances. Dense layers of sparkly, feathery materials laid onto works such as Pearl Teeth draw us in close, if only to repel with a provocative truncation of limbs and defacing of portraits.” Gabrielle Moser in “Wangechi Mutu: This You Call Civilization?” Canadian Art, 2010