Julie Mehretu, ‘Auguries’, 2010, Phillips

Overall sheets: 89 x 182 in. (226.1 x 462.3 cm)

The lower right panel signed, dated and numbered 21/24 in pencil (there were also 4 artist's proofs), published by Gemini, G.E.L. Los Angeles (with their blindstamps), all framed.

From the Catalogue:
This monumental work was commissioned for The Metropolitan Opera's, Gallery Met, Notations After the Ring, Julie Mehretu, September 27, 2010 – January 29, 2011 in Lincoln Center, to accompany the opening of Robert Lepage's updated production of Richard Wagner's Das Rheingold, the first installment of the Ring cycle.
Courtesy of Phillips

University of Denver, Victoria H. Myhren Gallery, 4 x 4 Collector Series, April 5, 2012 - May 6, 2012

About Julie Mehretu

Julie Mehretu’s work is about layers: the physical layering of images, marks, and mediums, and the figurative layering of time, space, place, and history. Working in a large scale, Mehretu draws on the 21st-century city for inspiration, transferring its energy into her gestural sweeps of paint and built-up marks in ink and pencil—often transposed from projections—and condensing seemingly infinite urban narratives, architectural views, and street plans into single unified compositions. “The narratives come together to create this overall picture that you see from the distance,” she says. “As you come close to it […] the big picture completely shatters and there are these numerous small narratives happening.” Mehretu layers a range of influences and art historical references as well, from the dynamism espoused by the Futurists, to the scale and physicality of Abstract Expressionism, to the divergent markmaking of Albrecht Dürer, Eastern calligraphy, and graffiti. Mehretu was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2005.

Ethiopian-American, b. 1970, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, based in New York, New York