Julie Mehretu Bio


Julie Mehretu was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1970 and lives and works in New York City and Berlin. She received a Master’s of Fine Art with honors from The Rhode Island School of Design in 1997.

Mehretu is a recipient of many awards, including the The MacArthur Award (2005), the Berlin Prize: Guna S. Mundheim Fellowship at The American Academy in Berlin, Germany (2007) and the Barnett and Annalee Newman Award (2013) and the US Department of State Medal of Arts Award (2015).

She has shown extensively in international and national exhibitions.

Recent solo exhibitions include Julie Mehretu: The Mathematics of Droves, White Cube, Sao Paulo, Brazil;

Julie Mehretu: Half a Shadow, carlier|gebauer, Berlin, Germany; Liminal Squared, Marian Goodman Gallery, NYC (2013), White Cube, London (2013); Mind Breath and Beat Drawings, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris (2013); Mehretu: Grey Area, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin & Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2009); Julie Mehretu: City Sitings, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit (2007), Williams College Art Museum, Williams, MA (2007), North Carolina Museum of Art (2008); Julie Mehretu: Black City, MUSAC-Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Léon, Spain (2006), Kunstverein Hannover, Hanover, Germany (2007), Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark (2007).

Mehretu’s recent group exhibitions include Sharjah Biennial 12, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (2015); The Forever Now; Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, MoMA, New York, NY (2015); The International Biennial of Contemporary Art Foundation of Cartagena, Cartagena, Columbia (2014); 5th Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia (2013); The Gesture and the Sign, White Cube, Sao Paulo (2013); documenta (13), Kassel, Germany (2012); In Praise of Doubt, Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy (2011); On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010); Picasso to Julie Mehretu: Modern Drawing in the Collection of the British Museum, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (2010); Prospect.1, New Orleans Biennale, New Orleans, LA (2008); Remote Viewing: Invented Worlds in Recent Painting and Drawing, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2005), St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis (2005-6); Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2004); São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, Brazil (2004); Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2004); Poetic Justice, 8th Istanbul Biennial (2003).

Images courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, © Julie Mehretu

TOP LEFT: Insile, 2013, Ink and Acrylic on Linen, 108 x 144 inches, Private Collection, Photo: Tom Powel
TOP RIGHT: The Mathematics of Droves, 2014, Ink and acrylic on canvas, 72 x 84 inches, Private Collection, Photo: Jason Mandella
BOTTOM LEFT: The Round City, Hatshepsut, 2013, Graphite, Ink and Acrylic on Canvas, 96 x 132 inches, Private Collection, Photo: Tom Powel
BOTTOM RIGHT: Co-Evolution of the Futurhyth Machine (after Kodwo Eshun), 2013, Graphite, Ink and Acrylic on Canvas, 108 x 120 inches, Private Collection, Photo: Tom Powel

Julie Mehretu’s Photo by © Jean-Philippe Boucicaut

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