Julie Mehretu

Julie Mehretu​ (b. 1970, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) lives and works in New York. Studied at Rhode Island School of Design, Kalamazoo College, and University Cheik Anta Diop. Mehretu’s work conveys a layering and compression of time, space and place and a collapse of art historical references, from the dynamism of the Italian Futurists and the geometric abstraction of Malevich to the enveloping scale of Abstract Expressionist colour field painting. She received Barnett and Annalee Newman Award (2013) and was honoured with the US State Department's National Medal of Arts (2015). Select solo exhibitions include Julie Mehretu, Hoodnyx, Voodoo and Stelae, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York (2016); Gebre Kristos Desta Center, Ethiopia (2016); Julie Mehretu, Myriads Only By Dark, Gemini G.E.L, New York (2014); The Mathematics of Droves, White Cube São Paulo, Brazil (2014); Julie Mehretu, Half a Shadow, CarlierI gebauer, Berlin (2014); Julie Mehretu: Liminal Squared, White Cube, London (2013); Excavations, The Prints of Julie Mehretu, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, New York (2012); Excavations, The Prints of Julie Mehretu, Davison Art Center, Middletown (2011); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); Grey Area, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2009); North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh (2008); and Black City, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark (2007). Select group exhibitions include Julie Mehretu, Jessica Rankin, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Belgium (2016); L’Iris de Lucy, Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart, France (2016); Lines of Thought, Drawing from Michelangelo to Now, Poole Museum, England (2016); Come As You Are: Art of the 1990s, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey (2015); Sharjah Biennial 12, United Arab Emirates (2015); Sweet Dew, Since 1980, Gwangju Biennale (2014); The Forever Now, Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014); Seeking New Genealogy, Art, Body, Performance, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2014); A Triple Tour, Works in the Pinault Collection, Conciergerie Paris (2013); 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2013); Document XIII, Kassel (2012); and From Picasso to Julie Mehretu, British Museum, London (2010).

Last updated: 09.03.2017