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Julie Mehretu: Grey Area
Edited by Joan Young with contributions by Brian Dillon
Published in 2009
128 pages with 100 color illustrations
Hardcover, 9 x 11 inches
Bilingual English and German edition
American artist Julie Mehretu is celebrated for her large-scale paintings and drawings that layer abstract forms with familiar architectural imagery. Inspired by a multitude of sources, including historical photographs, urban-planning grids, modernist structures, and graffiti, these semiabstract works explore the intersections of power, history, dystopia, and the built environment and their impact on the formation of personal and transcommunal identities.
This volume marks the exhibition of a new series of works commissioned by Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin. In conjunction with this project, Mehretu established a studio in Berlin where she produced a remarkable suite of paintings that deal with erasure, decay, and liminality. Addressing what it means to be an American artist in Germany during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars under the Bush administration, Mehretu's canvases meditate on the idea of the modern ruin. Featuring a section of photographs tracing the development of the series in the artist's Berlin studio.