Julie Mehretu — BLACK CITY

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Lawrence Chua et al (ed.): JULIE MEHRETU (BLACK CITY)

Published for MUSAC with Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern, 2006 . Large quarto hardcover bound in photographic silk cloth with red lettering on the front cover and red and white lettering on black on the spine. Fine, clean and very well preserved copy / as new. 207 pages, richly illustrated

First edition. – Text in both English and Spanish. Published on the occasion of an exhibition, “Julie Mehretu, Black City,” held at MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Catilla y Leon from September 23, 2006 to January 7, 2007. “(…) densely layered abstract paintings and prints 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.”

Julie Mehretu — BLACK CITY