geometric architectural designs in center with staircase, building and grid; multicolored swatches of color at edges; lines and curves in black and color radiate outward from center; horizontal composition

Copyright © Julie Mehretu%2C co-published by Highpoint Editions and the Walker Art Center

Entropia (review), 2004

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Painter and printmaker Julie Mehretu finds inspiration for her imagery in the complex infrastructure of the constructed world. Entropia (review) typifies Mehretu's long-standing interest in using architectural language to express ideas of power, particularly how power is conveyed in public spaces. Visually complex, her print combines decontextualized elements of maps, diagrams, plans, and architectural drawings of socially-charged spaces--streets, plazas, airports, government buildings, schools, parks--with Mehretu's personal language of signs and symbols. She refers to these layered, multidimensional compositions as "psycho-geographic" abstractions, essentially hybrids of various urban structures, settings, and identities that call to mind multicultural and global concerns of contemporary society, especially the cultural and political role of power.

Details
Title
Entropia (review)
Artist Life
American (born Ethiopia), 1970
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2004.185
Provenance
Highpoint Editions, Minneapolis (co-publisher); sold to MIA, 2004.
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geometric architectural designs in center with staircase, building and grid; multicolored swatches of color at edges; lines and curves in black and color radiate outward from center; horizontal composition

Copyright © Julie Mehretu, co-published by Highpoint Editions and the Walker Art Center

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