June 2, 2021

Julie Mehretu, who delivered Montserrat’s Commencement Address in 2008 (and contributed to the Artrageous!23 in 2009) has new work up for auction on Artsy.

The work is being auctioned in support of the Art for Justice Fund, which invests in artists and policy advocates working to end mass incarceration in the United States and the racial bias that drives it. All proceeds from the sale of the art will benefit Art for Justice.

Dissident Score, (2019-2021) is a monumental 9-by-10 foot painting which took three years to complete. It is “an abstract topography that reflects on global unrest and reckons with the societal ills and catastrophes of our time.” Bidding opens at $2.6 million at Artsy.

Mehretu has said of the sale of this new work, “Mass incarceration, solitary confinement, youth imprisonment, and putting kids in prison for life without parole are sins of our society, slavery in another form. It is way past time for a collective reimagining of crime and punishment as we know it. Art for Justice has been unwavering in its commitment to support the enormous efforts to end mass incarceration and achieve abolition since its founding by Agnes Gund. I hope to contribute to these efforts and the fund with the full proceeds from the sale of my painting Dissident Score, 2019–2021.”

The Art for Justice Fund, founded by Aggie Gund, seeks to imagine and build alternatives to the current system, one that promotes shared safety, keeps families together, and treats all people with dignity and compassion. To date, the Fund has awarded grants to 250 individuals and organizations totaling more than $92 million. Art for Justice is fiscally sponsored by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, which operates the Fund in partnership with the Ford Foundation. All proceeds from the sale of the painting will benefit Art for Justice. And because Ford Foundation covers the Fund’s administrative and staffing costs, every dollar will reach the artists, advocates and organizations who are transforming the criminal legal system.

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