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Julie Mehretu Related Press

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

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 5 February 2019, The Brooklyn Rail

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 6 October 2017, Hyperallergic

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...

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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 29 September 2016, The New York Times

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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African women first: 'Lucy’s Iris' at Musée Départmental d’Art Contemporain, Rochechouart Related Press African women first: 'Lucy’s Iris' at Musée Départmental d’Art Contemporain, Rochechouart 10 August 2016, Art Radar Journal

Though discovered in 1974, in the midst of African decolonial processes and independence struggles, the original ancestor of all humankind, an African woman was given the name Lucy. But what about her African roots? What about her role as the mother of all humankind? Lucy’s Iris  considers Lucy’s view of her prodigal daughters who...

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The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World Related Press The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World 16 March 2015, Frieze

Featuring multiple works by 17 artists in different media – from soap and wax to ink and synthetic polymer, and good old fashioned oil on canvas – The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, curated by Laura Hoptman, staked its premise not upon the varied matter of materials, but the fungibility of temporal allusion. Purporting...

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