Toyin Ojih Odutola, Years Later—Her Scarf, 2017. Part of the solo, museum exhibition, "To Wander Determined," at Whitney Museum of American Art, on view through February 25, 2018.  

Toyin Ojih Odutola, Years Later—Her Scarf, 2017. Part of the solo, museum exhibition, "To Wander Determined," at Whitney Museum of American Art, on view through February 25, 2018.

 

 
 
 
The Treatment, by Toyin Ojih Odutola, with contributions from Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels, Claudia Rankine and William J. Simmons, made in collaboration with Anteism Publishing, to be released Fall 2017.  

The Treatment, by Toyin Ojih Odutola, with contributions from Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels, Claudia Rankine and William J. Simmons, made in collaboration with Anteism Publishing, to be released Fall 2017.  

 
 
Toyin Ojih Odutola's cover feature in the November 2017 issue of JUXTAPOZ  Magazine, to commemorate her solo exhibition, To Wander Determined. 

Toyin Ojih Odutola's cover feature in the November 2017 issue of JUXTAPOZ  Magazine, to commemorate her solo exhibition, To Wander Determined. 

 

Biography

Toyin Ojih Odutola (b. 1985, Ife, Nigeria) creates drawings utilizing diverse mediums to emphasize the striated terrain of an image and its formulaic representations.

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).

Permanent collections include Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Princeton University Art Museum, and the National Museum of African Art (Smithsonian).

She earned her BA from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and her MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Ojih Odutola lives and works in New York.  

(PDF copy of CV)

 

 
Toyin Ojih Odutola, Birmingham (left, middle, right), 2014, lithograph suite, on view at the IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair 2017 with Tamarind Institute (Booth 101), through October 29th. 

Toyin Ojih Odutola, Birmingham (left, middle, right), 2014, lithograph suite, on view at the IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair 2017 with Tamarind Institute (Booth 101), through October 29th. 

 
 

Contact

Represented by Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

 

Books

 
 
 

Selected Press & Public Lectures

 

IFA Contemporary, Unpacking the Layers of Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined, by Indira Abiskaroon (2017)
CULTURED Magazine, Toyin Ojih Odutola: Young Artists to Watch in 2018, by Jessica Lynne, (2017)
WNYC News, Review: Wandering with Determination and Beauty, by Rebecca Carroll, (2017)
Even Magazine, Hidden Noise: Episode no. 3, (2017)
Elle Magazine, Women in Art Issue, by Molly Langmuir, (2017)
The New Yorker, Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined, (2017)
L'Officiel USAToyin Ojih Odutola’s To Wander Determined Is a Must-See at The Whitney, by Eduardo Alfonso, (2017)
Elle Magazine, Artist Toyin Ojih Odutola Finally Gets Her Due at the Whitney, by Sasha Bonét, (2017)
Vogue Magazine, At the Whitney, a Vision of Africa—Without the Colonialist Meddling, by Julia Felsenthal, (2017)
ArtNet News, See the Opulent Portraits That Took Toyin Ojih Odutola From the Set of ‘Empire’ to the Whitney, by Caroline Goldstein, (2017) 
GARAGE Magazine, 
Toyin Ojih Odutola Imagines A World In Which Slavery Never Happened, by Aruna D'Souza, (2017)
The Cut, This Whitney Artist’s Drawing Appeared on Empire, by Rozanne Els, (2017)
JUXTAPOZ Magazine, Toyin Ojih Odutola: Infinite Possibility, by Kristin Farr, (2017)
ARTNews, Toyin Ojih Odutola Named Artist-in-Residence at Barnard College, by Alex Greenberger, (2017)
Barnard College, Visual Artist Toyin Ojih Odutola to Join Barnard College as Orzeck Artist-in-Residence, (2017)
Modern Painters Magazine, Toyin's artistic stroke, by Joseph Akel, (2017)
The New York Times Style Magazine, Five Artists Respond to: Charlottesville, (2017)
Raw Material: A Podcast from SFMoMA, Episode 4: The Mind, Season 2: Manifest, by Gerladine Ah-Sue, (2017)
The New York Times Style Magazine, "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young African Immigrant," by Taiye Selasi, (2017)
Lenny Letter"The Artist Who's Giving Side-Eye to the Art World," by Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite, (2017)
MOUSSE MagazineExhibitions:  “Vanishing Points” at James Cohan, New York, (2017)
Artforum International MagazineReviews: "Toyin Ojih Odutola, Museum of the African Diaspora," by Leigh Raiford, (2017)
NYLON Magazine"Toyin Ojih Odutola Uses Art To Challenge Invented Constructs Of The Self," by Sydney Gore, (2017)
Artforum International MagazineCritic's Picks: San Francisco, "Toyin Ojih Odutola," by Kim Beil, (2017)
Daily ServingA Matter of Fact: Toyin Ojih Odutola at Museum of the African Diaspora, by Maria Porges, (2017)
Artforum International Magazine"Best of 2016," by David Adjaye, (2016)
Parsons Fine Arts, The New SchoolVisiting Artist Lecture Series: Toyin Ojih Odutola, (2016)
Aperture MagazineVision & Justice, Issue 223, Summer 2016, "Toyin Ojih Odutola: A New Grammar for Blackness," by Claudia Rankine, (2016)
Forbes Magazine"Artist Toyin Ojih Odutola Explores and Questions the Construct of Blackness," by Adam Lehrer, (2016)
Whitewall Magazine"Toyin Ojih Odutola's 'Of Context and Without' at Jack Shainman Gallery," by Emory Lopiccolo, (2016)
Artforum International MagazineCritic's Picks: New York, "Toyin Ojih Odutola," by Ian Bourland, (2016) 
Interview Magazine, "Traveling with Toyin Ojih Odutola," by Emily McDermott, (2015)
The Huffington Post"Stunning Ballpoint Imagery Explores Blackness And The Power Of Ink," by Claire Fallon, (2015)
Wallpaper Magazine"Toyin Ojih Odutola explores race and identity in black and white," by Michael Slenske, (2015)
Saint Heron"Interview: Toyin Ojih Odutola," by Tanekeya Ward, (2015)
The Creators Project"Journey Down Toyin Ojih Odutola and Kilo Kish's Creative Roadmap," by Kilo Kish, (2015)
The New York Times Style Magazine"The Male Muse, Depicted by Women," by Leanne Shapton, (2015)
BOMB MagazineInterview with Ashley Stull, (2015)
Studio International Magazine"Toyin Ojih Odutola: ‘I’m no longer interested in portraying what I think I am in my work,’" by A Will Brown, (2015)
Modern Painters Magazine"Toyin Ojih Odutola's Rich Figures, Born of Modest Medium," by Michael Slenske, (2014)
ArtNews Magazine"Making Cutting-Edge Art with Ballpoint Pens," by Trent Morse, (2014)
PBS: The Art Assignment"Episode 3: Intimate, Indispensable GIF, with Toyin Ojih Odutola," by Sarah Urist Green, (2014)
NOWNESS"On Collaboration: Solange Knowles x Toyin Ojih Odutola," by Johnnie Shand Kydd, (2013)
The San Francisco Chronicle"'The Moment for Ink': Show frees artist," by Kimberly Chun, (2013)
Interview Magazine"Toyin Ojih Odutola and the Public Struggle," by Julie Bramowitz, (2013)
The New York Times"Reflections:  '26 July, 4:50am' by Toyin (Ojih) Odutola, Studio Museum in Harlem," by Holland Cotter, (2013)"
Forbes Magazine"30 Under 30: Style and Art, Toyin (Ojih) Odutola, Artist, 27," by Susan Adams, (2012)
The Village VoiceQ&A: Toyin Ojih Odutola on Drawing, Chinese Art, and What It Really Means to Have a Big Head, by Alexandra Bell, (2012)
Vogue Italia"Toyin Ojih Odutola," by Yomi Abiola, (2011)
The New York Times, "Museum and Gallery Listings for June 17-23, Toyin (Ojih) Odutola: 'MAPS,'" by Holland Cotter, (2011)

 

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