Julie Mehretu’s oceanic sweep

Installing Julie Mehretu’s mural at Goldman Sachs via Art21 on Vimeo.

In the New Yorker this week Calvin Tompkins profiles Julie Mehretu. “Eighty feet long by twenty-three feet high, Julie Mehretu�s ‘Mural’ dominates the entrance lobby of Goldman Sachs�s new steel-and-glass office building in lower Manhattan. Hundreds of precisely defined abstract shapes in saturated colors�small dots and squares, straight and curving lines, larger geometric or free-form shapes ranging from several inches to several feet in length�move across it in an oceanic sweep. ‘It took me a long time�six months or so�to decide I wanted to do this,’ Mehretu told Tomkins. Mehretu is thirty-nine, friendly, and open. ‘One reason was this wall, which is so clearly visible from outside the building�I could never make a painting this scale anywhere else….'”


  1. Hi!
    I'm art student from liverpool.
    i'ii be very apreciate if you give me an interview pleeeeease for my assesement tomorrow. thank you!

    When did you first discover that art would be an important part of your adult life?
    I loved art from my childhood.

    How has creating art shaped you professionally and personally?

    What are your artistic influences? Has anyone inspired you?

    How long have you been a working artist?

    What is your artistic process?

    Where can we see more of your art?

    Are you represented by a gallery?

    What trends do you see in the 'art world'?

    Any tips for emerging artists?

    What was the toughest point in your career as an artist? Have you ever hit rock-bottom?

    What can you tell about the art scene in your area?

    Has your work ever been censored? If so, how did you deal with it?

    Is there anything else you would like to say about your art or the 'art world'?

    In one sentence… why do you create art?

    Has politics ever entered your art?

    Does religion, faith, or the lack thereof play a part in your art?

    Does your cultural background play a part in your work?

  2. liverpoolenka–that's quite a long list of questions. I'm not sure if you're interested in my response or Julie Mehretu's. If mine, you might check out an interview I did last year with qi peng: http://theartassassin2.wordpress.com/2009/08/17/assassination-sharon-butler-artist-blogger-at-two-coats-of-paint-and-associate-professor-at-eastern-connecticut-state-university/

    good luck with your class.

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