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