Circulation Artist: Julie Mehretu (American, born Ethiopia 1970)
Publisher: Crown Point Press (San Francisco, founded 1962)


Prints and Drawings

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.


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.)

Credit Line

Richard Brown Baker, B.A. 1935, Fund

Accession Number



20th century


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Crown Point Press, San Francisco CA

  • 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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21 of 25


Signed l.r., recto, in graphite: Mehretu 2005

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