Clth, 9.25 x 11.25 in. / 128 pgs / 106 color.
Pub Date 2/28/2010
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Catalog: SPRING 2010 p. 54
ISBN 9780892073962 TRADE
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Julie Mehretu: Grey Area
Text by Joan Young, Brian Dillon.
American artist Julie Mehretu is celebrated for her large-scale paintings and drawings that layer abstract forms with familiar architectural imagery. Inspired by historical photographs, urban-planning grids, modernist structures and graffiti, these semi-abstract works explore the intersections of power, history, dystopia and the built environment, and their impact on identity formation. This volume marks the exhibition of a new series of works commissioned by Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin. In conjunction with this project, Mehretu established a studio in Berlin where she produced a remarkable suite of paintings that deal with erasure and decay. Addressing what it means to be an American artist in Germany during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars under the Bush administration, Mehretu's canvases meditate on the idea of the modern ruin. Featuring essays by Joan Young and Brian Dillon, this monograph includes a section of photographs tracing the development of the series in the artist's Berlin studio.
Julie Mehretu's suite of paintings, Grey Area, will be on view at New York's Guggegnheim Museum through October 6. Featured image is "Atlantic Wall" (2008-9).
FROM THE BOOK
"In her paintings, Julie Mehretu drafts narratives of urban development and the built environment and their impact on an individual's experience. Her renderings of cartographic and architectural plans form the foundation for the layered compositions. Throughout her career, Mehretu has culled source imagery from airport architecture and flight plans, sports arenas and military fortifications, modernist skyscrapers and city maps, all to investigate the physical sites and less literal structures where social, economic, and political activity unfold. 'I think architecture reflects the machinations of politics,' the artist has said, 'and that's why I am interested in it as a metaphor for those institutions. I don't think of architectural language as just a metaphor about space, but about spaces of power, about ideas of power.'"
Joan Young, excerpted in Julie Mehretu: Grey Area.
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Pub Date: 2/1/2009
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