Toyin
Ojih Odutola

Information


Toyin Ojih Odutola (b. 1985, Ilé-Ifẹ̀, Nigeria) is a visual artist and columnist based in New York. She is best known for her eclectic, multimedia drawings made with pen ink, pencil, charcoal and pastel, often presented in large scale series, or “chapters.” Since 2011, themes in her work have explored the malleability of meaning, memory, and power through portraiture and visual story-telling.

She has participated in solo and group exhibitions at national and international institutions, including the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum, Barbican Centre, Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, Whitney Museum of American Art, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, The Drawing Center, Brooklyn Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Museu de Arte de São Paulo, the Menil Collection, as well as the 12th Manifesta Biennial in Palermo, Italy.

Ojih Odutola earned her BA from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and her MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. In 2016, she undertook a residency at Headlands Center for the Arts; she was the Lida A. Orzeck ‘68 Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Barnard College from 2017—2018; and in 2019, inducted into the National Academy of Design.

Public collections of her artworks are held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; National Portrait Gallery, London; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; Harvard Art Museums, Massachusetts; and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, among others.

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Press


The Washington Post, by Vanessa H. Larson
Washington City Paper, by Shantay Robinson
The New York Times Style Magazine, by Lovia Gyarkye
Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso
The White Review, by Orit Gat
ArtReview, by Rahel Aima 
The Brooklyn Rail, by Amber Jamilla Musser
The New York Times, by Jason Farago
The Art Newspaper, by Louisa Buck
CNN Style, by Jaqui Palumbo
Artforum, by Cassie Packard
Granta, by Yaa Gyasi
iNews, by Hettie Judah
The Quietus, by Amah-Rose Abrams
Artforum, by Jo Baer
Flash Art, by Kareem Reid
Frieze, by Rianna Jade Parker
HyperAllergic, by Naomi Polonsky
The New Yorker, by Zadie Smith
Apollo Magazine, by Samuel Reilly
Conversation with Erin J. Gilbert, Nothing Concrete
Artsy, by Gabrielle Bruney 
Great Women Artists with Katy Hessel
Talk Art with Russell Tovey & Robert Diament 
WePresent, by Allyssia Alleyne



Galleries


Please refer all inquiries, be they acquisition(s), artwork loan(s), press, image licensing, events, &c, to either:


Jack Shainman New York    

Corvi-Mora 
London