Julie MehretuUntitled


Carlier Gebauer, Berlin.

Private Collection, Los Angeles, USA.

Of Ethiopian heritage but now living an working in New York, Mehretu's highly individualistic abstract language is born out of conflict and human strife. Her compositions are often marked with linear structures and hard-edged blocks that have an architectural quality to them. There is always a sense of drama or tension in the composition, as she herself describes her works on paper at this time: 'Right now it just feels like this big knot of all these different tendencies. It's coming out in my drawings a lot; they look like these nests or gnarled webs' [quoted in BOMB magazine, no.91, spring 2005].

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