• Post-War and Contemporary Art  auction at Christies

    Sale 7835

    Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Auction

    12 February 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 102

    Julie Mehretu (b. 1970)


    Price Realised  


    Julie Mehretu (b. 1970)
    six sheets--oil and ink on mylar and vellum
    18 x 24in. (45.7 x 61cm.)
    Executed in 1998

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    Mehretu has developed an idiosyncratic system of dots, dashes, arrows, circles, crosses, squares, curlicues and organic shapes which she repeats in dense, built-up passages suggesting fragments of a large, albeit ambiguous, narrative. Her signs are expressively charged, much as Vincent van Gogh's abstract marks carry personal emotion even as they coalesce into representation. Mehretu's frenetic forms swirl, float and march as they burst through numerous spatial envelopes--overlaying, underlying and intersecting crisp, delicately drawn lines. Bands, parallelograms and arcs of colour torque the picture space and bring the multiplanar activity up to the surface. Her works are epic dramas, as lyrical as they are combustible, that deconstruct conventional notions of space and time (S. Harris, "Julie Mehretu at the Project," Art in America, March 2002).

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    Private Collection, USA.
    The Project, New York.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2004.