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Julie Mehretu for Art for Justice Fund Benefit Auction

The work is unframed.

The Art for Justice Fund, an initiative founded by Aggie Gund, invests in artists and policy advocates working to end mass incarceration in the United States and the racial bias that drives it. Its community seeks to imagine and build alternatives to our current system, one that promotes shared …

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Images Courtesy of the Artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, © Julie Mehretu, Photo credit: Tom Powel Imaging

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 Mehretu layers a range of influences and art historical references as well, from the dynamism espoused by the Futurists, to the scale and physicality of Abstract Expressionism, to the divergent markmaking of Albrecht Dürer,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.

High auction record
HK$44m, Sotheby's, 2019
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2021
Julie Mehretu: A Decade of Printmaking at Gemini G.E.L.Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl
2020
Julie MehretuWhitney Museum of American Art
2019
Julie MehretuLos Angeles County Museum of Art
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Dissident Score, 2019-2021

Ink and acrylic on canvas
108 × 120 in
274.3 × 304.8 cm
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Julie Mehretu for Art for Justice Fund Benefit Auction

The work is unframed.

The Art for Justice Fund, an initiative founded by Aggie Gund, invests in …

Medium
Signature
Unsigned
Image rights
Images Courtesy of the Artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, © Julie Mehretu, Photo credit: Tom Powel Imaging

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.

High auction record
HK$44m, Sotheby's, 2019
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)

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