Toyin Ojih Odutola

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Toyin Ojih Odutola
Born 1985
Ife, Nigeria
Nationality Nigerian
Occupation Visual artist
Website ToyinOjihOdutola.com

Toyin Ojih Odutola (born 1985) is a visual artist from Nigeria.[1][2][3]

Lonely Chambers (T.O.), 2011, pen ink and marker drawing on paper drawing by Toyin Ojih Odutola

Early life and education[edit]

Ojih Odutola was born in Ife, Nigeria, and grew up in Alabama. She received a BA in Studio Art and Communications from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2008. She also received her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2012.

Career[edit]

Forbes featured Ojih Odutola in its 2012 list of 30 notable individuals under 30 in the category "Art & Style."[4][5] She was named by Art Forum as one of the best artists of 2016[6]. Her work was also featured on the cover of Juxtapoz Magazine in November 2017.[7]

Ojih Odutola is best known for her self-portrait drawings, entirely or primarily done in black pen ink. Her more recent work has expanded to include charcoal, pastel, and pencil.[8]

Her work is included in the permanent collections of The National Museum of African Art (Washington DC), Museum of Modern Art (New York), Whitney Museum of American Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Princeton University Art Museum, and the Honolulu Museum of Art, among others.[9][10][11]

Ojih Odutola has participated in exhibitions at various institutions, including Brooklyn Museum, New York, (2016); Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2015); Studio Museum Harlem, New York (2015, 2012); Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield (2013); and Menil Collection, Houston, (2012).[9] Her first solo show in New York at the Whitney Museum, titled To Wander Determined, opened in October 2017.[12]

She is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City, where she lives and works.[9]

Works[edit]

Some of her works are:

  • Representatives of the State, 2016-17[13]
  • Excavations, 2017[14]
  • Wall of Ambassadors, 2017[15]
  • Between the Margins, 2017[16]
  • Years Later - Her Scarf, 2017[17]
  • Winter Dispatch, 2016[18]
  • Unclaimed Estates, 2017[19]
  • Study of Aldo I , 2015[20]
  • Study of Aldo I I, 2015[20]
  • The Treatment, 2015[20]
  • And She Accepted This, 2015[20]
  • The Object is the Technique + The Technique is the Object, 2015[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Toyin Ojih Odutola Uses Art To Challenge Invented Constructs Of The Self". NYLON. 2017-02-26. Retrieved 2017-09-29. 
  2. ^ Fallon, Claire (2015-12-09). "Stunning Ballpoint Imagery Explores Blackness And The Power Of Ink". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-09-29. 
  3. ^ Morse, Trent (2014-01-08). "Making Cutting-Edge Art with Ballpoint Pens". ARTnews. Retrieved 2017-09-29. 
  4. ^ Adams, Susan. "Toyin Odutola, Artist, 27 - pg.21". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-09-29. 
  5. ^ Lehrer, Adam. "Artist Toyin Ojih Odutola Explores and Questions the Construct of Blackness". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-09-29. 
  6. ^ "AllContent". Toyin Ojih Odutola. Retrieved 2017-09-29. 
  7. ^ Benson, Eben. "Beyond the Cover: Toyin Ojih Odutola". Retrieved 2017-09-29. 
  8. ^ "Raw Material: A Podcast from SFMOMA". SFMOMA. Retrieved 2017-09-29. 
  9. ^ a b c "AllContent". Toyin Ojih Odutola. Retrieved 30 October 2017. 
  10. ^ Magazine, Wallpaper* (2015-12-08). "Toyin Ojih Odutola explores race and identity in black and white | Art | Wallpaper* Magazine". Wallpaper*. Retrieved 2017-09-29. 
  11. ^ "On Collaboration: Solange Knowles x Toyin Odutola". www.nowness.com. Retrieved 2017-09-29. 
  12. ^ "Toyin Ojih Odutola:To Wander Determined | Whitney Museum of American Art". whitney.org. Retrieved 2017-09-29. 
  13. ^ "Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined | Whitney Museum of American Art". whitney.org. Retrieved 2018-02-17. 
  14. ^ "Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined | Whitney Museum of American Art". whitney.org. Retrieved 2018-02-17. 
  15. ^ "Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined | Whitney Museum of American Art". whitney.org. Retrieved 2018-02-17. 
  16. ^ "Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined | Whitney Museum of American Art". whitney.org. Retrieved 2018-02-17. 
  17. ^ "Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined | Whitney Museum of American Art". whitney.org. Retrieved 2018-02-17. 
  18. ^ "Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined | Whitney Museum of American Art". whitney.org. Retrieved 2018-02-17. 
  19. ^ "Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined | Whitney Museum of American Art". whitney.org. Retrieved 2018-02-17. 
  20. ^ a b c d e "TOYIN OJIH ODUTOLA - OF CONTEXT AND WITHOUT". www.jackshainman.com. Retrieved 2018-02-17. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Raiford, Leigh, Reviews: "Toyin Ojih Odutola, Museum of the African Diaspora," Artforum International Magazine (2017)
  • Gore, Sydney, "Toyin Ojih Odutola Uses Art To Challenge Invented Constructs Of The Self," NYLON Magazine (2017)
  • Ah-Sue, Gerladine, Raw Material: A Podcast from SFMoMA, Episode 4: The Mind, Season 2: Manifest, (2017)
  • Lehrer, Adam, "Artist Toyin Ojih Odutola Explores and Questions the Construct of Blackness," Forbes Magazine, (2016)
  • Fallon, Claire, "Stunning Ballpoint Imagery Explores Blackness And The Power Of Ink," The Huffington Post, (2015)
  • Slenske, Michael, "Toyin Ojih Odutola explores race and identity in black and white," Wallpaper Magazine, (2015)
  • Morse, Trent, "Making Cutting-Edge Art with Ballpoint Pens," ArtNews Magazine, (2014)
  • Kydd, Johnnie Shand, "On Collaboration: Solange Knowles x Toyin Ojih Odutola," Nowness, (2013)
  • Smalls, Lola, “Toyin Odutola”, Greedmont Park Magazine, No.4 (Fall 2011). New York, NY.
  • Cotter, Holland, “Museum and Gallery Listings for June 17–23, Toyin Odutola: ‘Maps’ at Jack Shainman Gallery”, The New York Times, 16/17 June 2011.
  • Abiola, Yomi, “Toyin Odutola: Drawing as a tool for change. - Vogue.it”. Vogue Italia, 9 June 2011.
  • Chtena, Natascha, “Interview with artist Toyin Odutola”, Think Africa Press, 30 May 2011.