Image: 127.6 x 186.1 cm (50 1/4 x 73 1/4 in.)
Partial purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund and partial gift of Stephen Dull 2020.285
© Julie Mehretu
The prints of the series to which this work belongs are among the largest prints ever created by their publisher, Gemini G.E.L.
Ethiopian-born contemporary artist Julie Mehretu draws from a wide range of source material, including maps, architectural renderings, found photography, and current events to create abstract images composed of gestural lines and forms. This print belongs to a series inspired by a trip to China’s Mogao Caves, each of which bear a title taken from Bardos—liminal states between life and death in Buddhism. Drawing from imagery such as calligraphy and ancient cave painting, the artist worked with a master printer to produce the etching in a large scale meant to create an absorptive experience for its viewer.
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