A piece by Mehretu is a painting and a drawing, in acrylic and ink, abstract and figurative. This is an abstract firework of colors when viewed at a distance, and an unlimited cityscape or a tightly patterned map in a very close view. The fireworks alone are a sensory duality, delighting the viewer both by the explosion of colors and by belonging in a festive crowd.
On June 30 in London, Christie's sells a resolutely optimistic artwork titled Looking back to a bright new future. This acrylic and ink 241 x 303 cm painted in 2003 is estimated £ 1.8 million, lot 48. This picture provides an additional reading with lines converging on a vanishing point as in a ceiling by Balla in search of the fourth dimension 90 years earlier.
Made in 2001, Retopistics - A Renegade Excavation, 257 x 530 cm, was sold for $ 4.6 million including premium by Christie's on May 15, 2013.
A work executed in 2008, 244 x 366 cm, is exemplary in the contradictory brevity of its title, Rising down. It was sold for $ 3.1 million including premium by Sotheby's in Doha on April 22, 2013.