Live Auction, 7 March 2011

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ZAR 77 980
Lot 330
  • Julie Mehretu; Local Calm

Lot Estimate
ZAR 70 000 - 90 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
ZAR 77 980

About this Item

Ethiopian/American 1970-
Local Calm
signed, dated 2005 and numbered 27/35 in pencil in the margin
sugarlift aquatint with soft ground and hard ground etching and engraving on Gampi paper chine collé, printed at Crown Point Press, San Francisco by Dena Schuckit
image size: 70 by 100cm


Julie Mehretu has developed a distinctive visual language that maps interactions and relationships. Her drawings, paintings and prints encapsulate the intense energy of cities, buildings and structures through layered mark-making in patterns recalling volatile and centrifugal forces. Says the artist: “By combining many types of architectural plans and drawings I tried to create a metaphoric, tectonic view of structural history.”i

New York-based Mehretu was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, raised in Michigan and obtained her Masters in Fine Art degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1997. She made headlines recently when her painting Untitled 1 sold for $US1 022 500 at a New York auction in September 2010. She has won numerous prestigious awards and her works are found in major collection such as in the Museum of Modern Art. A print from this edition is in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

i. Laurie Firstenberg, "Painting Platform in NY", Flash Art, Vol. XXXV No. 227, November/December 2002, p. 70.


Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, Distant Relatives/Relative Distance, 2006.


Sophie Perryer (ed), Distant Relatives/Relative Distance, Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, 2006, page 36, illustration p 38.

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