Julie Mehretu

Julie Mehretu

Photo © Chester Higgins
September 27, 2011

The Artist’s Manhattan Studio
6.30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


On Tuesday, September 27th, join us at Julie Mehretu’s Manhattan studio for an in-depth look at the artist’s most current body of works. We are thrilled with this opportunity to visit with one of today’s most highly regarded abstract painters, who the MacArthur Foundation described as an artist "who transforms her canvases into visually spectacular excavations of multiple epochs and locales". Mehretu will share her own personal experience in creating her compelling large-scale, gestural paintings, which are laboriously built up through layers of acrylic paint on canvas overlaid with mark-making using pencil, pen, ink and thick streams of paint. In these meticulously worked paintings, the artist creates and communicates narratives using abstracted images of cities, histories, wars and geographies with frenetic mark making. As Mehretu suggests, once complete, these rich canvases act as “story maps of no location” enabling the viewer to interpret them as pictures into the imagined.

Julie is represented by Marian Goodman Gallery in New York and shows at White Cube in London and Carlier Gebauer in Berlin. Currently Julie’s work can be seen at the British Museum, Picasso to Julie Mehretu: Modern drawings from the British Museum collection until April 25, 2011.








[Photo © Chester Higgins]