Of Julie Mehretu @goldmansachs #MuralPainting @ad_art_concepts said... ”25 meter long, 7 meter high, Julie Mehretu’s breathtaking “Mural” dominates the entrance lobby of Goldman Sachs’s new steel-and-glass office building, in lower #Manhattan
Goldman Sachs owns a substantial #artcollection which is installed througout its #international offices, but the Mural by Julie Mehretu was the first ever commmissoned work. The abstract forms and vibrant colors accompany all arriving employees when they enter the building and walk the way from the security check to the elevators. In her outline for this project Mehretu unveils the content of the artwork as "the layered confluences and contadictions of the world economy" and means by this the history of capitalism in abstract terms. A vast network of layers, highly realistic drawings and abstract coulored surface elements show scenes like 'the New Orleans cotton exchange', 'the early London Stock exchanges where pigs and cows were sold', 'trade routes' and 'population shifts due to the growth of financial centers'. Of her work #JulieMehretu says “I think of my #abstract mark-making as a type of sign lexicon, signifier, or #language for
characters that hold #identity and have #social agency. The characters in my #maps plotted, journeyed, evolved, and built civilizations. I charted, analyzed, and mapped their experience and development: their cities, their suburbs, their conflicts, and their wars.
The #paintings occurred in an intangible no-place: a blank terrain, an abstracted map space.
As I continued to work I needed a context for the marks, the characters. By combining many types of #architectural plans and #drawings I tried to create a metaphoric, tectonic view of structural #history . I wanted to bring my drawing into time and place.” On April 1 2019, Julie’s work
BLACK GROUND (DEEP LIGHT)
Executed in 2006.
acrylic and ink on canvas laid down on board
182.9 by 243.8 cm; 72 by 96 in.
Was sold at @sothebys #ContemporaryArt Evening Sale -
Est. 14,000,000–20,000,000 HKD (1,783,530–2,547,901 USD
Sold for 44,209,000 HKD Premium (5,632,007 USD)
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