Lot 479
  • 479

Wangechi Mutu

150,000 - 200,000 USD
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  • Wangechi Mutu
  • Tree Huggers
  • signed, titled and dated 2010
  • ink, paint and collage on Mylar
  • 92 1/2 by 54 in. 235 by 137.2 cm.


Gladstone Gallery, New York
Acquired by the present owner from the above in May 2010

Catalogue Note

“One of the main things about a tree is that it plays such a central role in the creation stories that I learned, both Christian and Kikuyu narratives of creation. There is the tree, an original holy tree. And in Kikuyu, its actually the Mugumo tree, which is this big fig tree, and it’s the tree from which we were all birthed. You’re not supposed to cut it down or desecrate it. And the tree is female in my mind…so it’s got this matriarchal quality to it…And I always think there is something about trees that feels like they’re the original gallery space, the original place of worship and awe.” (Wangechi Mutu, 2012)