[REBROADCAST FROM MARCH 31, 2021] The artist Julie Mehretu joins us to discuss her mid-career survey show at The Whitney Museum of American Art, which opened on March 25 and is titled simply, "Julie Mehretu." The exhibit spans over two decades and features almost 70 works on both canvas and paper. The selected pieces reveal Mehretu's wide range of source material and her commitment to finding new avenues of expression within abstract painting. The exhibit runs through August 8.
149: Lessons Learned from Alice Neel and Julie Mehretu - Believe in Your Art
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Today, we’re talking all about 2 artists who have shows right now in New York City. The late figurative painter - Alice Neel - and the abstract Ethiopian born artist - Julie Mehretu. In this podcast, you will discover... What relentless commitment to your art looks like Why you can paint in a style contrary to what’s popular and still make it as an artist For full show notes, go to schulmanart.com/149 ++++++++++++++++++++ 🎉FREE GOODIES!🎉 Don't forget to check out the Inspiration Place goodie bag. Go pick up your party favor over at SchulmanArt.com/freebies. Whether you're a passionista or a passion professional, I've got something just for you. ++++++++++++++++++++ 🎤NEVER MISS AN EPISODE! If you loved this, I've got more inspirational episodes coming your way! Please make sure you hit the subscribe or follow button in your podcast app. And if you're feeling extra generous- leave me a review-- https://schulmanart.com/review-podcast ++++++++++++++++++++ BTW If you pop your Instagram handle at the end of the review, I'll even give you a shout out over on my IG stories! ++++++++++++++++++++ I'd love to chat with you on Instagram: http://instagram.com/schulmanart
Just after hanging her latest exhibition at the Whitney, JULIE MEHRETU dials Arman from home. Growing up a child of the early 70's during the height of the Pan-African post colonial movement, Mehretu shares a lifetime of music and stories as perceptive as her art. Painting a parallel between the ability jazz has to structurally shift music into a plane of abstraction, Mehretu's insightful ear is as fine tuned as they come. From Mavis Staples' sexy voice, Steve McQueen's brilliant filmmaking, and the feeling of real liberation Lil Nas X's video Montero inspires, the soundtrack to MEHRETU's life evokes a new type of aesthetic. Digging into her own archeology, she describes hiding Prince pins under her lapel as a kid, living in New York City during the peak of the 90's hip hop scene, and what it's like for her to approach a blank canvas. To get into a particular mood, Julie puts early hip hop or a Sun Ra album on the turntable. Listen now to get into the mood of all of the above!
Amanpour: Mazie Hirono, Julie Mehretu, Vivek Maru and Rhonda Hamilton
Senator Mazie Hirono joins Christiane Amanpour to share how her immigrant experience and her indomitable mother inspire her public service. Then artist Julie Mehretu talks about her retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the meaning behind her extraordinary abstract art. Vivek Maru is founder of Namati, which empowers grassroots groups to protect common lands and enforce environmental laws, while Rhonda Hamilton works with Namati to combat unlawful pollution in her own D.C. neighborhood. They speak to our Hari Sreenivasan to discuss their work.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
In episode 60 of The Great Women Artists Podcast, Katy Hessel interviewsone of the greatest artists of our time, the inimitable JULIE MEHRETU !!!![This episode is brought to you by Alighieri jewellery: www.alighieri.co.uk | use the code TGWA at checkout for 10% off!]Revolutionising abstract painting for the twenty-first century, filled with frenzied vortexes and orderly and disorderly lines, Mehretu is acclaimed for her all-encompassing, large-scale, gestural paintings built up through layers of acrylic paint, and overlaid with frenetic mark-making.Referencing art history – from the Old Masters, dynamism of the Italian Futurists to the enveloping scale of Abstract Expressionism – and past civilizations while addressing the most immediate conditions of our contemporary moment, including migration, revolution, climate change, global capitalism, and technology, Mehretu’s points of departure are architecture, people and the city. In particular, the densely populated urban environments of the 21st Century. Working on a colossal scale, with intricate details and pockets of information when witnessed up close, step back and Mehretu’s paintings enable you to survey a world from afar. Erupting with colour, line, energy and movement, they evoke histories both evolving and collapsing, much like the conflictingly progressive, yet backward, world we find ourselves in today. Born in Ethiopia, and from an early age, raised in the United States, where she lives and works today, Mehretu studied at the Kalamazoo College, Michigan, followed by RISD. An artist-in-resident at the esteemed Studio Museum in Harlem in the early 2000s, Mehretu has since gone on to exhibit extensively around the world, from solo exhibitions at the Louisiana in Copenhagen to the Guggenheim in New York City, to numerously participating in Biennales all over the globe, from Venice to Sydney to Istanbul. She is a recipient of the American Art Award from the Whitney Museum of American Art, the prestigious MacArthur Fellows Award, and has been awarded the US Department of State Medal of Arts Award.But the reason why we are speaking today, is because Mehretu is currently the subject of a major touring retrospective of her work from the last 25 years, co-curated by esteemed curators Christine Y. Kim with Rujeko Hockley, which is currently on view at The Whitney, was previously at LACMA and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, and will go on to the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. And unsurprisingly, has been met with astonishing reviews! Check out her Whitney show here: https://whitney.org/exhibitions/julie-mehretuAnd WOW, is this one of the most enriching, enlightening conversations I have ever had. THANK YOU JULIE!!!Works discussed: Migration Direction Map (Large), 1996Untitled (Yellow with Ellipses), 1998Renegrade Excavation, 2001Stadia Series, 2004Mogamma Seres, 2012Conjured Parts (eye), Ferguson, 2016FURTHER LINKS!https://whitecube.com/artists/artist/julie_mehretu https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/mehretu-mogamma-a-painting-in-four-parts-part-3-t13997 https://www.lacma.org/art/exhibition/julie-mehretu https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/21/arts/design/julie-mehretu-and-success.htmlFollow us:Katy Hessel: @thegreatwomenartists / @katy.hesselSound editing by Winnie SimonArtwork by @thisisaliceskinnerMusic by Ben Wetherfieldhttps://www.thegreatwomenartists.com/
On this episode, I sat down with Julie Mehretu & Benjamin Edwards from the RISD painting class of 1997. We spoke about the risk of RISD's increasing tuition, the advice & mentorship of a life changing faculty member, and their thoughts on the newest art form to hit the market: Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT's).
As her retrospective opens at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Ethiopian-born, New York-based artist Julie Mehretu talks in depth about her life and work. She discusses the rich language she uses in her paintings, drawing on geopolitical subject matter but pushing towards abstraction. She talks about the influence of contemporary artists like David Hammons, Kara Walker and Glenn Ligon, her collaboration with the British artist Tacita Dean, how Rembrandt made his mark on her as a child and the way she uses news photography as the basis for her most recent works. She talks about her literary influences, from Toni Morrison to Chris Abani, on the music she listens to in her studio, from Sun Ra to Joan Armatrading, and her fruitful collaborations with the jazz pianist Jason Moran and the theatre and opera director Peter Sellars. Among much else, she also talks about the cultural experience that changed the way she sees the world, the one work of art she would choose to live with, and answers our ultimate question: what is art for? This episode is sponsored by Cork Street Galleries. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Julie Mehretu's work focuses on large scale layers of abstracted landscapes, as well as drawings and prints that depict the cumulative effects of urban socio-political changes. Today she speaks with Paul about her attraction to abstractions, ….“it's a place of possibility where language can be invented, where a different form of imagination can appear and a different form of freedom.”Urgency, anxiety and stillness - these are the words that Julie Mehretu has used to describe how she is seeing and feeling this pandemic. Listen to this episode to hear Julie and Paul unpack these words, and to hear about her obsession with Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick - her go-to read for anxious quarantine nights.Julie has shown her work extensively internationally, in both public and private collections, and is represented by Marian Goodman Gallery, NY.