By Melina O'Grady, Communities of Practice Facilitator
This week at our Communities of Practice for Front Line youth workers, we highlighted and discussed a number of influential African-American leaders. Here are a few of the women and men that inspired our discussion.
JULIE MEHRETU’s most expensive paintings sold for $4.6 million at Christie’s New York in 2013, and nearly $3.5 million at Christie’s London last year. | Photo by Mark Hanauer
Mehretu, who lives and works in New York, calls her abstract paintings “story maps.” Her narratives are formed via abstracted images of histories, cultures and geographies. Three years ago, she set an artist record when her 2001 painting “Retopistics: A Renegade Excavation,” sold for more than $4.6 million (including fees) at Christie’s New York. At auction, her large-scale canvases have been selling north of $1 million for years, consistently ranking her among the most expensive living women artists. In April, artnet ranked her No. 7; she is No. 1 among black female artists.