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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Catalogue Essay

    Trained as an artist and an anthropologist, Wangechi Mutu explores contemporary society’s perception of, preoccupation with, and eternal quest for beauty. Focusing on the identity of the African female figure in a global society, Mutu combines images of enhanced and artificial beauty with elements of the grotesque – a juxtaposition of forces which creates an image both enticing and repulsive. Challenging the viewer to question notions of female attractiveness as prescribed in magazines and advertisements, Mutu’s mutated figures are the result of a global society striving for an aesthetic which can never be.



c. 2005
Acrylic, sequins and printed paper collage on Mylar.
60.9 x 41.9 cm (24 x 16 1/2 in).
Signed 'Wangechi Mutu' lower right.

£50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for £82,850

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

29 June 2010