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Wangechi Mutu

120,000 - 180,000 USD
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  • Wangechi Mutu
  • How to Stab Oneself In The Back
  • signed and dated 2004
  • sequins, ink, acrylic, contact paper and photo collage on Mylar
  • 80 by 42 1/2 in. 203.2 by 108 cm.


Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner in 2004


Pittsburgh, The Andy Warhol Museum, The F Word, May - September 2006
Norwood, New York, Deutsche Bank AG, Press Event, February 2010
Berlin, Deutsche Guggenheim, Wangechi Mutu: Artist of the Year 2010, March - June 2010


Kristine Stiles, Concerning Consequences: Studies in Art, Destruction, and Trauma, Chicago 2016, p. 354

Catalogue Note

"Wangechi Mutu is a creator of fantastical worlds: primal and futuristic, lushly tropical and post apocalyptic. She invents enchanted forests, interplanetary realms, hallucinatory underway seascapes. These fairytale lands, with their sumptuous beauty and potential for frightening and empowering transformation, are the types of places that young children dream of discovering...For Mutu, these imaginative kingdoms are also critical arenas for profound cultural, psychological, and socio-political exploration. Unburdened by the weight of conventional modes of representation, Mutu's dreamscapes help her challenge and blow apart stereotypes and misconceptions to raise fundamental questions around gender, race, power, and survival in her work." Trevor Schoonmaker, "A Fantastic Journey" in Exh. Cat. Durham, Duke University, Nasher Museum of Art (and traveling), Wangechi Mutu, A Fantastic Journey, 2013, p. 21