10 Standout Auction Lots on Artsy This Week


Julie Mehretu’s Dissident Score (2019–21) is an undeniable showstopper. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of this newly completed painting will benefit the Art for Justice Fund’s work towards ending mass incarceration.

Featuring sharp brushstrokes that coalesce with sprawling, graffiti-inspired shadows, Dissident Score resembles a digital landscape, fraught with tension and set in motion by invisible hands of power. Like many of Mehretu’s paintings, the piece is an abstract topography that reflects on global unrest and reckons with the societal ills and catastrophes of our time. Mehretu deftly applies a variety of techniques to achieve this desired state of abstraction; in addition to strokes of acrylic and ink, she uses airbrushing and sandpaper, and periodically erases sections of the canvas.

While a looming darkness washes over the 9-by-10-foot canvas, Dissident Score is rife with glimmers of light shining through, illuminating possibilities for a hopeful future. Bidding for this work opens at $2.6 million, exclusively on Artsy.


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