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    Sale 2163

    Prints & Multiples

    28 April 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 175

    JULIE MEHRETU (B. 1970)

    Rogue Ascension

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    JULIE MEHRETU (B. 1970)
    Rogue Ascension
    lithograph in colors, 2002, on Somerset and Denril vellum, signed and dated in pencil, annotated 'H.C. II' (an hors commerce impression, the edition was 35 plus 7 artist's proofs), published by New Museum Limited Editions, New York, the full sheet, in very good condition, framed
    S. 24 x 31½ in. (609 x 800 mm.)


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    Mehretu's swirling universe composed of explosions, grids and abstracted forms translates into printmaking through the use of lithography. The medium aids Mehretu's investigation of movement and time through the use of different paper layers. The surface layer is created by printing in different intensities of black on semi transparent paper. Geometric colored forms which constitute the underlayer thus become distorted, challenging the eye to read the subject as simultaneously advancing and receding. The unique quality of the print enables the viewer to physically interact within the created space.