From there, Mehretu continued to produce smaller-scale prints with Gemini G.E.L. until she eventually felt ready to scale up the relationship. “Once she felt really comfortable with Gemini G.E.L.’s etching team, she embarked on this extraordinarily complex 12-panel etching, called Auguries, and that was published in 2010 and debuted at the Metropolitan Opera House,” Weyl said.
In total, Gemini G.E.L. has published 13 works with Mehrehtu, and a survey of those prints is now on view in the exhibition “Julie Mehretu: A Decade of Printmaking at Gemini G.E.L.” at Weyl’s New York space. Works range in price from $7,500 to $450,000, depending on their scale and complexity.
Because of their complexity and the time and care Mehretu’s process demands, her works are relatively hard to come by, which influences just how much they can command. According to Weyl, Mehretu’s prints are worth more than double what they were when they first started working together, with larger works—like Auguries—selling in editions of 24 to 30, and mid-size and smaller works selling in editions of 45 and 150, respectively.