Julie Mehretu: Grey Paintings (2017)
Essay by Glenn Ligon and a poem by Patricia Smith
Published by Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
With a poem by Patricia Smith and a new essay by artist Glenn Ligon, Grey Paintings focuses on Julie Mehretu's work from 2012-2017.
In the body of paintings included in this catalogue, the artist infuses her abstract style with violent references to contemporary events like the Syrian Civil War, echoing major contemporary works such as Gerhard Richter’s Birkenau paintings or Lebanese musician Mazan Kerbaj’s Starry Night. A combination of rigorous, geometrical outlines and expressive brushstrokes, Mehretu’s paintings offer a vibrant depiction of a world oscillating between order and destruction.