Six Bardos: Hymn (Behind the Sun)

(American, b. 1970)
(American, b. 1968)
Image: 127.6 x 186.1 cm (50 1/4 x 73 1/4 in.)
© Julie Mehretu
Edition: 17/45
Location: not on view
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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.
Six Bardos: Hymn (Behind the Sun)

Six Bardos: Hymn (Behind the Sun)


Julie Mehretu, Case Hudson, Gemini G.E.L.

(American, b. 1970), (American, b. 1968)

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