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Julie Mehretu: A Decade of Printmaking at Gemini G.E.L.

Julie Mehretu: A Decade of Printmaking at Gemini G.E.L.

Julie Mehretu

The “courtship” between Julie Mehretu and Gemini began with a small drypoint etching created in 2008 to raise funds for Senator Obama’s presidential campaign, and a second small-scale print benefitting the Guggenheim Museum in 2010. Feeling confident in the relationship with Masterprinter Case Hudson and his team of etchers, ever since then the artist has challenged the technical and visual limits of the workshop with three monumental bodies of work. This exhibition provides a comprehensive survey of all thirteen editions that Julie Mehretu has created in collaboration with the Los Angeles-based publisher.

Oftentimes prints by artists are treated as somehow separate from the rest of their unique output, but this is not the case with Mehretu. Printmaking informs her paintings and the paintings inform her printmaking in a reciprocal and intertwined manner – explicitly in the use of screenprinting in her paintings, and implicitly in the way that printmaking forces a slowed-down deliberation and dissection of the personal mark-making for which Mehretu is celebrated. The technical parallels between constructing an image in layers, as is necessary with printmaking, and the way that Mehretu builds her paintings through a stratum of imagery that is blurred and transformed, underscores the symbiotic relationship between the two mediums.

Image Credit:

Julie Mehretu, Six Bardos: Hymn (Behind the Sun), 2018

[The collaborative process of printmaking has] very subtly adjusted the way I was thinking about what I was painting again. [It’s] about trying to see fundamental things, like how the ink sits on the paper, and how different techniques give different results and affect the way the image can look. It usually was, and is, in the printmaking that new things are invented, which I then want to bring into the painting and drawing.

Julie Mehretu, as quoted in Siri Engberg's 'Excavations: The Prints of Julie Mehretu'

Julie Mehretu

Six Bardos: Last Breath

2018

50 1/2 x 73 1/4" (128.3 x 186.1 cm)

4-color aquatint

Edition of 45

9 EvB- Artwork 9 (Gachet) (Portraits) -

Julie Mehretu

Six Bardos: Dream State

2018

50 1/4 x 73 1/4" (127.6 x 186.1 cm)

18-color aquatint

Edition of 45

9 EvB- Artwork 9 (Gachet) (Portraits) -

Julie Mehretu working on 'Auguries', 2010. Photo © Sidney B. Felsen

Julie Mehretu

Six Bardos: Transmutation

2018

50 1/4 x 61 1/4" (127.6 x 155.6 cm)

31-color aquatint

Edition of 45

9 EvB- Artwork 9 (Gachet) (Portraits) -

Julie Mehretu

Six Bardos: Luminous Appearance

2018

overall 99 1/4 x 74 3/4" (252.1 x 189.9 cm)

2-panel, 19-color aquatint

Edition of 25

9 EvB- Artwork 9 (Gachet) (Portraits) -

Installation view of 'Julie Mehretu: A Decade of Printmaking at Gemini G.E.L.'

Julie Mehretu

Six Bardos: Transmigration

2018

overall 98 x 74" (248.9 x 188 cm)

2-panel, 31-color aquatint

Edition of 25

9 EvB- Artwork 9 (Gachet) (Portraits) -

Julie Mehretu

Achille (epoch)

2015

32 3/4 x 46 3/4" (83.2 x 118.7 cm)

9-color aquatint with spit-bite

Edition of 60

9 EvB- Artwork 9 (Gachet) (Portraits) -

Julie Mehretu with Gemini's etching team. Photo © Sidney B. Felsen

9 EvB- Artwork 9 (Gachet) (Portraits) -

Myriads, Only By Dark

Julie Mehretu

2014

Each panel 81 1/4 x 45 1/4" (205.7 x 114.3 cm)

4-panel, multi-colored aquatint and spit bite

Edition of 30

Julie Mehretu

Haka

2012

12 x 14" (30.5 x 35.6 cm)

1-color etching, with chine-collé

Edition of 150

9 EvB- Artwork 9 (Gachet) (Portraits) -
9 EvB- Artwork 9 (Gachet) (Portraits) -

Julie Mehretu

Auguries

2010

87 x 180" (221 x 457.2 cm)

12-panel, 10-color etching

Edition of 24

Julie Mehretu

Untitled 1 (Amulets)

2008

12 x 14" (30.5 x 35.6 cm)

1-color drypoint with chine-collé

Edition of 150

9 EvB- Artwork 9 (Gachet) (Portraits) -

Named recently as one of the 100 most influential people of 2020 by Time Magazine, Julie Mehretu, (b.1970, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) lives and works in New York City. She received a B.A. from Kalamazoo College, Michigan, studied at the University Cheik Anta Diop, Dakar Senegal, and received a Master’s of Fine Art with honors from The Rhode Island School of Design in 1997. She has since received many prestigious awards including the MacArthur Fellowship in 2005, the U.S. Department of State Medal of Arts Award in 2015, and the Liberty Award for Artistic Leadership, New York in 2018. In 2017, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Letters.

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