"Incorporating the dynamic visual vocabulary of maps, urban planning grids, and architectural forms, alternating between historical narratives and fictional landscapes, Julie Mehretu's beautifully layered paintings and drawings combine abstract forms with the familiar, pairing the Roman Coliseum with floor plans from international airports, Le Corbusier's unbuilt megacity with blueprints from Zaha Hadid and Tadao Ando, and dashing it all together with a color field full of abstract geometry. What does a city in motion look like? The closest picture of it exists in Mehretu's semiabstractions, their maelstroms of color and line, power, history, globalism, and personal narrative frozen, swirled, and encased in coats of accumulated resin."
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Julie Mehretu was born in Ethiopia in 1970 and has lived in Michigan, Senegal, and Rhode Island, and currently lives in New York. Her work has been included in The Americans at the Barbican Art Center in London, Freestyle at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Painting at the Edge of the World at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and Greater New York at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York. She is the recipient of a 2001 Penny McCall Award for Visual Art.
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