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LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter Ocula Report LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter 14 Jun 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (2 June 2019–5 January 2020) is an inter-generational show of 21 Chinese artists working from the 1980s to the present, including Ai Weiwei, Cai Guo-Qiang, Lin Tianmiao, Song Dong, He Xiangyu, Yin Xiuzhen, and Ma Qiusha.Staged on Level 2 of LACMA's Renzo...

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Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture Ocula Conversation Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture

When the London-born artist Thomas J Price graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Arts in 2004, the school's college art prize was by no means his most notable accomplishment as an emerging artist. In 2001, Price presented his much-talked-about work Licked, a daring performance, later profiled on the BBC 4 television...

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Art Basel Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Art Basel Lowdown: Shows to See 6 Jun 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

To coincide with Art Basel 2019, which opens to the public from 13 to 16 June, galleries and institutions across the city are presenting a range of stellar exhibitions. From Rebecca Horn at Museum Tinguely to Geumhyung Jeong at Kunsthalle Basel, here is a selection of what to see.William Kentridge, Dead Remus (2014–2016). Charcoal on found ledger...

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Julie Mehretu

b. 1970, Ethiopia

Known for her densely layered drawings and paintings, Julie Mehretu engages with ideas of mapping and architecture. The networks that form are the result of aerial images, architectural plans and grids superimposed into an abstract pattern. The local and geographic specificity of these images are replaced by formal concerns of composition and colour. Mehretu's works continues a conversation with Constructivist and Futurist practices of early modernism. Their political ideologies and utopias are reframed in the context of contemporary society.

Mehretu was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The artist graduated with a MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and in 2007 was awarded the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin. She has exhibited internationally including MOMA, New York; Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis; Bienal de Sao Paulo and the Istanbul Biennial.

Featured Artworks

Untitled by Julie Mehretu contemporary artwork
Julie MehretuUntitled, 2012 Ink, graphite, and acrylic on linen
91.44 x 121.92 x 5.08 cm
Sprüth Magers

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Tacita Dean, Julie Mehretu, Tacita Dean & Julie Mehretu at Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris
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8 June–20 July 2018 Tacita Dean, Julie Mehretu Tacita Dean & Julie Mehretu Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris

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Julie Mehretu makes her mark at Kettle’s Yard Related Press Julie Mehretu makes her mark at Kettle’s Yard Apollo : 13 February 2019

Julie Mehretu has never shied away from making art on a monumental scale. In 2016–17, the Ethiopian-American artist relocated her studio to an abandoned church in Harlem to complete the enormous paintings that comprised her commission for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, HOWL, eon (I, II) (2017).

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JULIE MEHRETU with Allie Biswas Related Press JULIE MEHRETU with Allie Biswas The Brooklyn Rail : 5 February 2019

On the occasion of her current exhibition at Kettle's Yard, Julie Mehretu spoke with me about her work from the past two decades. The images she has been creating during this time, in the form of paintings and drawings, consider the world we live in today through references to cities, architectural sites, geo-political events, and histories. She...

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Julie Mehretu Talks Music, Manifest Destiny, and Her Massive Mural for SFMOMA Related Press Julie Mehretu Talks Music, Manifest Destiny, and Her Massive Mural for SFMOMA Hyperallergic : 6 October 2017

In her latest work, HOWL, eon (I, II) (2017), commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Mehretu set out to explore the vast landscapes and violent history of the American West. The two paintings now hang in SFMOMA's lobby, accessible to the public free of charge. Mehretu worked on the vast canvases flanking the museum's stairway, each...

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Julie Mehretu on her influeces, auction pressure and new paintings Related Press Julie Mehretu on her influeces, auction pressure and new paintings The New York Times : 29 September 2016

At first glance, the paintings on the walls may not look all that different from what Julie Mehretu has done before. There are the marks, the layering, the allusions to current events.But walking through her show, which opened last week at Marian Goodman Gallery on West 57th Street, Ms. Mehretu said that the paintings represent something of a...

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