19 December 2012

Julie Mehretu | Art Basel Miami 2012 Series [3]

This year's Art Basel Miami was its eleventh edition and its representation of African American, Carribean Diaspora, and African Diaspora artists is described as the best in Basel's history. In this post series, I present some black artists featured at Art Basel Miami 2012.

Julie Mehretu is an Ethiopian-born artist who makes large-scale, gestural paintings that are built up through layers of acrylic paint on canvas overlaid with mark-making using pencil, pen, ink and thick streams of paint. Mehretu’s work conveys a layering and compression of time, space and place and a collapse of art historical references, from the dynamism of the Italian Futurists and the geometric abstraction of Malevich to the enveloping scale of Abstract Expressionist colour field painting. 

Right: Stadia I Mehretu, 2004. Ink and acrylic on canvas 127 x 160 in.

Julie Mehretu RENEGADE DELIRIUM 2002 private collection, London

 Black City.

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