Julie Mehretu (b. 1970)
signed and dated 'Julie Mehretu 2005' (on the reverse)
watercolor, ink and graphite on paper
26 ¼ x 40 1/8 in. (66.7 x 101.9 cm.)
Executed in 2005.
Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner, circa 2005
New York, Projectile Gallery, Julie Mehretu: Drawings, May–June 2005.

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“I am also interested in what Kandinsky referred to in ‘The Great Utopia’ when he talked about the inevitable implosion and/or explosion of our constructed spaces out of the sheer necessity of agency ... it is in these same spaces that you can feel the undercurrents of complete chaos, violence, and disorder.” (J. Mehretu, quoted in “Looking Back: Email Interview Between Julie Mehretu and Olukemi Ilesanmi, April 2003”, in Julie Mehretu: Drawing into Painting , exh. cat., Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2003, pp. 13-14).

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