“Mogamma (A Painting in Four Parts): Part 2” by Julie Mehretu: October Collection Highlight
Fine lines and skeletal architectural structures layer atop each other to form a monumental work on the Arab Spring.
Julie Mehretu (American, born Ethiopia, 1970) emigrated as a child to the United States from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and grew up in East Lansing, Michigan. Now based in Harlem, New York, she is best known for large-scale abstract paintings layered with a variety of mediums, marks, and meanings.
In the film above, Julie Mehretu discusses how she began work on these four vertical canvases by exploring the densely layered environment of Tahrir Square, where a dizzying array of architectures, including structures built in Mamluk, Islamic, European, and Cold War styles, coexist.
The exhibition, Julie Mehretu, co-organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the Whitney Museum of American Art, is at the High from October 24 through January 31, 2021. This touring exhibition marks the first time the four paintings have been reunited since 2012. The High owns Part 2.
Conversations with Contemporary Artists: Julie Mehretu
Thursday, October 22, 2020 | Zoom, 6–7 p.m.
Join us online with artist Julie Mehretu in conversation with Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at LACMA, Christine Y. Kim, and Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Rujeko Hockley. The conversation will be moderated by the High’s Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Michael Rooks.