David Hawkins / Painting of the Week

Painting of the Week: 62

Painting of the Week: 62

Julie Mehretu, Dispersion, 2002, ink and acrylic on canvas, 228.6 x 365.8 cm, Williams College Museum of Art.

Julie Mehretu will change your perspective. Like stepping on to a disintegrating ice floe, examining her work induces multiple vertigos, horizontigos and general where-do-I-go?s. Enter. There are no vanishing points – only endless points of arrival. Shifting balance with every glance, a Mehretu composition is a successful rendering of the post-postmodern condition – and a realistic one. There is no frame of reference. There is no frame; there is no reference. All is flux. Help! DH

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