Click on Post Title for link to interview with Julie Mehretu. There is much in contemporary painting just now referencing architecture, maps and journeys through a collage/ drawing process, and a tendency towards narrative abstraction. Mehretu here talks about what influences her process. As a bit of side reading- and in fact what might be considered a not unconnected (if incidental) link to the title of her work shown below- you can't go wrong with Walter Benjamin's unfinished collection of 'convolutes' known in English as his 'Arcades Project'.
Julie Mehretu/ Arcade/ 2005