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Julie Mehretu

Untitled, 2006

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5-color etching, engraving and drypoint
on Somerset white textured 300g/m2,
paper size: 23 1/4 x 28 1/4” (60 x 71,7 cm),
image: 16 x 20” (40,5 x 50 cm),
printed by Greg Burnet,
Burnet Editions, New York,
Ed. 60/XXV, signed and numbered

Here’s neither bush nor shrub, to bear off any weather at all, and another storm brewing. (Shakespeare, The Tempest act 2, scene II)


“As ever, architectural and urban planning designs still form the undercurrent and starting point of her paintings. The artist deploys a wide range of drawings that she finds in a variety of sources. She constantly alternates between different types of architectural drawings—elevations, plans, and perspectival drawings. The result is a complex aesthetic warp and weft. The plans she uses are of buildings and structures that have immense social, political, and cultural significance as architectural systems and infrastructures that shape our everyday lives: places such as airports, urban spaces, sports fields or churches, where large numbers of people congregate.” Madeleine Schuppli Parkett No. 76, 2006