© Julie Mehretu
Title: Grey Space (distractor)
Date: 2006
Artist: Julie Mehretu
American (born Ethiopia), born 1970
Medium: acrylic and ink on canvas
72 x 96 in. (182.9 x 243.8 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of the Honorable and Mrs. Thomas F. Eagleton by exchange, Siteman Contemporary Art Fund, and funds given by Emily Rauh Pulitzer
Object Number: 1:2010
Current Location: On View, Gallery 248
Brightly colored geometric forms float across this canvas, propelling dynamic motion while heightening the illusion of vast space. The artist produced such effects of constant activity and endless expansion by laboriously applying multiple layers of pigment, alternating between ink and acrylic. Through her characteristic use of drawing, the artist builds up the surface, mining imagery from maps, diagrams, architectural blueprints, and corporate logos. The result is a visual collision of detailed linearity with bold color, offering the spectator distinct modes of viewing–from looking up close and from afar.
Signed: unsigned
The Project, New York, NY, representing the artist

2006 - 2010
Salon 94 (Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn), New York, NY, purchased from The Project [1]

2010 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Salon 94 [2]

[1] Per e-mail correspondence dated October 29, 2009 between D. Fierman at Salon 94 and T. Paik of the Saint Louis Art Museum [SLAM document files].

[2] Purchase agreement and invoice dated January 4, 2010 [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, December 7, 2009 and Minutes of the Board of Commissioners, Saint Louis Art Museum, December 14, 2009.

Publication History
Title: The Artist as Urban Geographer: Mark Bradford and Julie Mehretu
Periodical Title: American Art: Smithsonian Art Museum
Year Published: 2010
Title: New on View : Julie Mehretu
Periodical Title: Saint Louis Art Museum Magazine
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Julie Mehretu: City Sitings
Author: Siemon Allen
Author: Kinsey Katchka
Author: Rebecca Hart
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