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Prints and Drawings
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Artist: Julie Mehretu, American, born Ethiopia 1970
Publisher: Crown Point Press, American, founded 1962

Circulation

2005

Color hard-ground etching with aquatint and engraving on Gampi paper chine collé

image: 70.5 × 101 cm (27 3/4 × 39 3/4 in.) sheet: 90.2 × 118.8 cm (35 1/2 × 46 3/4 in.)
Richard Brown Baker, B.A. 1935, Fund
2008.2.1
This large, virtuosic intaglio belongs to a suite of three prints entitled Heavy Weather, which the artist completed in response to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. A virtual compendium of mark making with many squiggles, scores, and dashes, the image serves as a metaphor for the movement of bodies—including planets, humans, and particles—through time and across space. The title, Circulation, conflates the ebb and flow of global weather systems with the exchange and distribution of art-world print culture to make a witty, self-referential pun.
Geography: 
Made in United States
Status: 
By appointment
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Prints
Provenance: 

Crown Point Press, San Francisco CA

Bibliography: 

Pamela Franks and Robert E. Steele, Embodied: Black Identities in American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2010), 46, ill.

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