Thursday, October 3, 2013

Wangechi Mutu at the Brooklyn; Hank Willis Thomas at the Cleveland

Wangechi Mutu: The End of eating Everything 3 (still)
Wangechi Mutu (Kenyan, b. 1972). The End of eating Everything (still), 2013. Animated video, color, sound, 8 min. Courtesy of the artist. Commissioned by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. © Wangechi Mutu

Just a few months after the close of El Anatsui's phenomenal show at the Brooklyn Museum, the museum is putting final touches to the opening of what promises to be a terrific exhibition: Wangechi Mutu's mini retrospective "A Fantastic Journey," originally organized by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. The show features her montages, paintings and sculptures but also her first major animation video work, The End of Eating Everything (2013) in which all her previous work seem to find a formal and conceptual resolution.

In the wake of Wangechi's opening, a large survey of Hank Willis Thomas opens on October 20 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Great things are happening for artists whose work I admire; or should I say that the museums are finally(?) doing what they ought to have been doing before now: pay attention to artists who without doubt are making some of the most important work in contemporary art anywhere.

Congratulations to Wangechi and Hank. All the way, friends!

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