Julie Mehretu, ‘Sapphic Strophes - a suite of four hand-colored relief prints to accompany The Poetry of Sappho’, 2011, Arion Press
Julie Mehretu, ‘Sapphic Strophes - a suite of four hand-colored relief prints to accompany The Poetry of Sappho’, 2011, Arion Press
Julie Mehretu, ‘Sapphic Strophes - a suite of four hand-colored relief prints to accompany The Poetry of Sappho’, 2011, Arion Press
Julie Mehretu, ‘Sapphic Strophes - a suite of four hand-colored relief prints to accompany The Poetry of Sappho’, 2011, Arion Press
Julie Mehretu, ‘Sapphic Strophes - a suite of four hand-colored relief prints to accompany The Poetry of Sappho’, 2011, Arion Press
Julie Mehretu, ‘Sapphic Strophes - a suite of four hand-colored relief prints to accompany The Poetry of Sappho’, 2011, Arion Press
Julie Mehretu, ‘Sapphic Strophes - a suite of four hand-colored relief prints to accompany The Poetry of Sappho’, 2011, Arion Press

The prints are relief, printed by letterpress from polymer plates, all four from negatives scratched by the artist with an etching needle, two with overlay plates made from negatives of scans of ink drawings on Mylar. The paper is Italian mould-made Revere, 300 grams per square meter, 15 x 20 inches. The prints are signed by the artist and numbered 1/40 through 40/40 for sale and AP 1/5 through 5/5 as artist proofs and PP 1/5 through 5/5 as printer proofs. The print is sold as part of a suite of four prints, and the suite is sold only with the purchase of the Arion Press limited edition publication of "Poetry of Sappho", which contains twenty additional Mehretu images, and is included in the price listed.

Signature: Signed by the artist in the lower right-hand corner of the prints.

Publisher: Arion Press

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