Wide Load

Jason Farrago lavishes a container shipload of exegetical rumination on Julie Mehretu’s paintings.

Lines accreted in an essentially radial configuration, with large arcs orbiting an absent central axis, and orthogonal spokes sprouting from the core.

(The Mehretu black line is a thing of wonder, as confident and unmistakable as Schiele’s trembling contours.) It’s as if she discovered, after years translating cities and buildings into abstract form, that whole urban systems were already embedded inside her strokes.

(Jason Farrago, “Julie Mehretu’s Long Journey Home,” NYTimes, 3-25-21)

Less talkin’, more gawkin’, sez me.

(c) 2021 JMN

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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7 Responses to Wide Load

  1. Crazy about these artworks. Hope you don’t mind if I share them.

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  3. My enthusiasm outweighed my skills–in trying to share these two artworks that just carried me away! I am sorry if I goofed it up. But thanks for making my day with your post!

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