PUBLISHER
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

BOOK FORMAT
Hardcover, 8 x 9 in. / 128 pgs / 62 color.

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Out of print

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Catalog: FALL 2010 p. 97   

PRODUCT DETAILS
ISBN 9781894243643 TRADE
List Price: $29.95 CDN $35.00

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EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

Toronto, ON
Art Gallery of Ontario, 02/24/10-05/23/10

Toronto, ON
Art Gallery of Ontario, 02/24/10-05/23/10

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Wangechi Mutu: This You Call Civilization?

Edited by David Moos. Text by Jennifer Gonzalez, Odili Donald Odita, Raphael Rubinstein, et al.

Wangechi Mutu: This You Call Civilization?The alluring and intricate collages of Kenyan-born, New York-based artist Wangechi Mutu (born 1972) draw the viewer into narratives of beauty, consumerism, colonialism, race, identity and gender politics. Oriented around imagery of the human body, Mutu's work aims at a visual deconstruction of traditional figuration, reconciling the experience of her Kenyan upbringing with present-day American realities. Published to accompany Mutu's first major survey at the Art Gallery of Ontario, This You Call Civilization? demonstrates the breadth of the artist's oeuvre to date, encompassing numerous works on paper produced since 2001, plus two large-scale installations and two video works. It also includes excerpts from favorite key source books selected by Mutu from her personal library, each of them formative in her quest to raise public awareness about racial and political issues through her art.

The alluring and intricate collages of Kenyan-born, New York-based artist Wangechi Mutu (born 1972) draw the viewer into narratives of beauty, consumerism, colonialism, race, identity and gender politics.

Featured image is Wangechi Mutuís "You can't fly", from 2008, two watercolor and mixed media collages on paper. Mutuís works on paper and videos are documented in Wangechi Mutu: This You Call Civilization?, published by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.

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FROM THE BOOK
"I firmly believe in the connectedness of humankind across cultures and histories. We're absolutely interdependent. Our actions in one place create ripple effects far, far away. "This You Call Civilization? is first and foremost a question addressed to myself. It reveals some level of despair, awe, disbelief and, yes, lament at our present predicament, which is not all dismal, but incredibly volatile and what's considered to be 'civilized' is often coming from a singular perspective. The things we call 'cultural' or 'man-made advances' could very easily be obliterated by a variety of other types of developments and achievements, if only we chose to look at them through a different lens."

Wangechi Mutu, excerpted from "Wangechi Mutu: This You Call Civilization?.

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