Parting Shot: April 2012 | Visual Art | Hudson Valley | Hudson Valley; Chronogram
Pin It
Favorite

Parting Shot: April 2012 

Julie Mehretu, Entropia (review), lithograph and screenprint, 2004

Julie Mehretu, Entropia (review), lithograph and screenprint, 2004

The depth and complexity of Julie Mehretu’s printmaking was honed by her education in etching. Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Mehretu produces vast abstracts at her Berlin studio with a team of assistants drawn from an eclectic range of backgrounds—figurative arts, illustration, printmaking—helping her bring into being huge, intricate pieces that dance on an edge where precise geometric forms meet data and shapeshift into natural curves.

Merhetu first started printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design in the mid-1990s; since then, she’s worked collaboratively at studios all over the United States. The meticulous discipline of etching would come to inform her approach to drawing and painting as well, and free her to employ the bird’s-eye view perspectives she builds into her explorations of the intersection of chaos and order.

Her richly layered works invite the viewer to explore the experience of living amid multiple, intersecting systems and realities of near-infinite complexity. “Architectural renderings and aerial views of urban grids enter the work as fragments, losing their real-world specificity and challenging narrow geographic and cultural readings,” observes a blogger from Art21.org.

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College will present the solo exhibition “Excavations: The Prints of Julie Mehretu,” as well as a selection of six of Mehretu’s paintings and drawings from the collection of alumna Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn ’89 and her husband Nicolas Rohatyn, on view from April 13 to June 17. Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn will deliver a lecture during the exhibition opening events on April 13. Fllac.vassar.edu

Speaking of...

  • Portfolio Day for Student Artists
  • Portfolio Day for Student Artists

    The 16th Hudson Valley Regional Portfolio Day on Friday, November 3rd, is a great opportunity for young artists to gather feedback from professional representatives from some of the best colleges in the nation.
    • Nov 1, 2017
  • Robert Polito + Tina Chang: No Walls Here: Writing and Art along the Edges, Borders, and Margins
  • Robert Polito + Tina Chang: No Walls Here: Writing and Art along the Edges, Borders, and Margins

    Join poet, essayist, and Bob Dylan biographer Robert Polito and Brooklyn poet laureate Tina Chang at the Garrison Institute for a transformative weekend exploring new hybrid forms in poetry, literature, and the visual arts. (September 8-10, 2017)
    • Aug 24, 2017
  • Gardiner Art Crawl
  • Gardiner Art Crawl

    The crawl combines three Gardiner events over the course of the weekend of June 3 and June 4.
    • Jun 1, 2017
  • More »
Pin It
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • Carrie On

    • May 1, 2016
  • On The Cover: John Fallon

    "Performance: Paintings by John Fallon" are on exhibit through May 31 at Gillette's FRG Objects & Design/ Art gallery, on the second floor at 217 Warren Street in Hudson.
    • Apr 1, 2017

Hudson Valley Events

submit event

Group Holiday Sale

Sat., Nov. 18, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. — 23 artisans of fine craft. In our 40th year. We have been...
East Meets West @ Bridge Street Theatre

East Meets West

Sun., Nov. 19, 2-3:30 p.m. — Experience the vibrant energy and deep serenity of Indian classical music in...

View all of today's events

Latest in Visual Art

Related to Visual Art

More by Anne Pyburn

Hudson Valley Tweets