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Julie Mehretu: Grey Area at the Guggenheim

  • Julie Mehretu
    Atlantic Wall, 2008–09
    Ink and acrylic on canvas, 304.8 x 426.7 cm.
    Commissioned by Deutsche Bank in consultation with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation for the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin.
    © 2010 Julie Mehretu
    Photo: Mathias Schormann

2000-01 artist in residence Julie Mehretu has emerged as a major voice in contemporary American painting. Grey Area features work made during, and inspired by, Mehretu’s recent residency in Berlin. Not simply grey in color, the paintings play with the phrase “grey area,” engaging us in her difficult-to-define, complex compositions of meticulously drawn mechanical renderings, spontaneous gestural markings, and colorful interjections.
 

Julie Mehretu: Grey Area
Guggenheim, New York, NY
May 14 – August 6, 2010
guggenheim.org

Mark Bradford at the Wexner

  • Mark Bradford
    Strawberry, 2002
    Photomechanical reproductions, acrylic gel medium, permanent-wave end papers, and additional mixed media on canvas
    72 x 84 in.
    Collection of Barbara and Bruce Berger
    Photo: Bruce M. White
     

This summer, the Wexner presents the first major museum survey of the work of artist Mark Bradford, friend of the Studio Museum and Freestyle alum. Bradford, who lives and works in Los Angeles, received the Wexner Center's Residency Award in visual arts for 2009–10 and was a 2009 MacArthur Fellow. The exhibition features a wide range of painting, sculpture, and collage from the last decade, as well as brand-new works, all reflecting on social and urban environments.
 

Mark Bradford
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio
May 8–August 15, 2010
wexarts.org