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    Sale 1970

    Post-War And Contemporary First Open

    1 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 23

    Julie Mehretu (b. 1970)

    Untitled

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    Julie Mehretu (b. 1970)
    Untitled
    signed, inscribed and dated 'for my amy christmas 1997 i love you. julie' (on the reverse)
    ink, polymer and resin on vellum mounted to canvas on panel
    12 x 18 in. (30.5 x 45.7 cm.)
    Executed in 1997.


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    This early work is a unique example of Julie Mehretu's hand-dipped resin paintings. Created in 1997, it dates to a period in which the artist used large vats of resin to further complicate her multi-layered, multi-meaninged paintings. A few years later, she would turn to the use of a spray-gun to give her paintings an allover, even sheen, but the present work displays the artist's hand and a sense of craft that were crucial in forming her now signature style.

    Provenance

    Acquired from the artist