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A Conversation with Julie Mehretu

Watch as the artist and the exhibition’s curators discuss abstraction, history, and positionality in Mehretu’s major retrospective at the High.

Conversations with Contemporary Artists: Julie Mehretu (October 22, 2020). Support for Conversations with Contemporary Artists is provided by the Jane F. and Clayton F. Jackson Conversations with Contemporary Artists Endowment.

This past October, renowned artist Julie Mehretu joined us in conversation with Christine Y. Kim, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at LACMA, and Rujeko Hockley, Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Michael Rooks, the High’s Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, moderated the conversation.

Julie Mehretu (American, born Ethiopia, 1970), Haka (and Riot), 2019. On view at the High through January 31, 2021.

The group convened to discuss the world’s first-ever comprehensive retrospective of Mehretu’s career. The exhibition Julie Mehretu at the High Museum of Art covers over two decades of her examination of history, colonialism, capitalism, geopolitics, war, global uprising, diaspora, and displacement through abstraction, architecture, landscape, movement, and most recently, figuration. Watch the full conversation in the video above.

Julie Mehretu, co-organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is on view at the High through January 31, 2021. Reserve your ticket now for this momentous presentation of Mehretu’s work.

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Exhibition Catalogue: Julie Mehretu

Julie Mehretu catalogue cover with a photo layered over a detail of black, orange, purple, and yellow marks.
Julie Mehretu (2019), $65 at the High Museum Shop

The Julie Mehretu exhibition catalogue is designed to allow close viewing of Mehretu’s vast canvases. The magnificent book features lush reproductions of her paintings in their entirety, as well as numerous full-page details.

The genesis for much of Mehretu’s work lies in the black ink drawings she created in the late 1990s. From these early drawings and paintings, Mehretu moved onto large-scale canvases. These drawings and paintings are maplike and colorful, with diagrammatic elements that reflect her life experience. Each of the stages of her oeuvre is represented, including works from her landmark exhibition Drawing into Painting, the twelve-panel intaglio, Auguries, and the paintings she created as a result of time spent in Africa and the Middle East. Accompanying these images are numerous essays by leading curators, scholars, and writers.

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