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Julie Mehretu

Julie Mehretu makes large-scale, gestural paintings. Her work conveys a compression of time, space, and place and a collapse of art historical references. Known for a deep political and social engagement, Mehretu’s dynamic compositions have been lauded for their capacity to convey the energy, chaos and urgency of our globalized world. Over the years her works have made reference to architecture, traffic patterns, wind and water currents, migrations, military plans, border crossings, and travel. Evolving from her previous series, Mogamma (2012), which used distinct architectural motifs as a metaphor for the unfolding socio-economic and political scenario of the Arab Spring, Mehretu’s recent work has delved further into the liminal ’third space’, offering a more personal, contemplative, and pared down response to the aftermath of these events. Her signature sharp lines and geometries have softened as she probes deeper into the visual language of abstraction. Commenting on her recent work, Mehretu notes, “when I talk about retreat, I mean in that context — a moment of rethinking language, of rethinking collective action and governance. I’m looking to take a step back in order to take the parts apart and put them together.“  

Julie Mehretu (b.1970, Addis Ababa)lives and works in New York City. In 2015 she received the US State Department's 'National Medal of Arts'. Among her other awards are the 'Berlin Prize' from the American Academy in Berlin (2007) and the 'MacArthur Fellowship' from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (2005). Selected solo exhibitions include MoMA, New York; 12th Sharjah Biennial (2015); (d)OCUMENTA (13), Kassel; Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin & Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk. She is featured in public collections such as MoMA, New York; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; LACMA, Los Angeles; Pinault Collection – Palazzo Grassi, Venice; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk; National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco. 

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Epigraph, Damascus , 2016 
Photogravure, sugar lift aquatint, spit bite aquatint, open bite, Hahnemühle Bütten 350 gr 
248 x 574 cm, exhibition view at Niels Borch Jensen 
Courtesy of the artist, carlier | gebauer and Niels Borch Jensen

Epigraph, Damascus, 2016
Photogravure, sugar lift aquatint, spit bite aquatint, open bite, Hahnemühle Bütten 350 gr
248 x 574 cm, exhibition view at Niels Borch Jensen
Courtesy of the artist, carlier | gebauer and Niels Borch Jensen

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin,  EARTHFOLD , exhibition view at Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, 2016

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin, EARTHFOLD, exhibition view at Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, 2016

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin,  EARTHFOLD , exhibition view at Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, 2016

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin, EARTHFOLD, exhibition view at Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, 2016

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin ,  Janus Suite  (1), detail, 2016, Ink, acrylic and collage on canvas, 41,28 x 51,44 cm 

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin , Janus Suite (1), detail, 2016, Ink, acrylic and collage on canvas, 41,28 x 51,44 cm 

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin ,  Janus Suite  (2), detail, 2016, Ink, acrylic and collage on canvas, 41,28 x 51,44 cm 

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin , Janus Suite (2), detail, 2016, Ink, acrylic and collage on canvas, 41,28 x 51,44 cm 

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin ,  Janus Suite  (3), detail, 2016, Ink, acrylic and collage on canvas, 41,28 x 51,44 cm 

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin , Janus Suite (3), detail, 2016, Ink, acrylic and collage on canvas, 41,28 x 51,44 cm 

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin ,  Janus Suite  (4), detail, 2016, Ink, acrylic and collage on canvas, 41,28 x 51,44 cm 

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin , Janus Suite (4), detail, 2016, Ink, acrylic and collage on canvas, 41,28 x 51,44 cm 

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin ,  Janus Suite , detail, 2016, Ink, acrylic and collage on canvas, 41,28 x 51,44 cm 

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin , Janus Suite, detail, 2016, Ink, acrylic and collage on canvas, 41,28 x 51,44 cm 

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin ,  Janus Suite  (6), detail, 2016, Ink, acrylic and collage on canvas, 41,28 x 51,44 cm 

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin , Janus Suite (6), detail, 2016, Ink, acrylic and collage on canvas, 41,28 x 51,44 cm 

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin ,  Janus Suite  (7), detail, 2016, Ink, acrylic and collage on canvas, 41,28 x 51,44 cm 

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin , Janus Suite (7), detail, 2016, Ink, acrylic and collage on canvas, 41,28 x 51,44 cm 

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin ,  Janus Suite  (8), detail, 2016, Ink, acrylic and collage on canvas, 41,28 x 51,44 cm 

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin , Janus Suite (8), detail, 2016, Ink, acrylic and collage on canvas, 41,28 x 51,44 cm 

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin, Janus Suite (9), 2016, Ink, acrylic and collage on canvas, 41,28 x 51,44 cm

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin, Janus Suite (9), 2016, Ink, acrylic and collage on canvas, 41,28 x 51,44 cm

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin ,  Struggling With Words That Count , 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin , Struggling With Words That Count, 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin ,  Struggling With Words That Count , 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin , Struggling With Words That Count, 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin ,  Struggling With Words That Count , 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin , Struggling With Words That Count, 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin ,  Struggling With Words That Count , 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin , Struggling With Words That Count, 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin ,  Struggling With Words That Count , 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin , Struggling With Words That Count, 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin ,  Struggling With Words That Count , 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin , Struggling With Words That Count, 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin ,  Struggling With Words That Count , 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin , Struggling With Words That Count, 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin ,  Struggling With Words That Count , 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin , Struggling With Words That Count, 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin ,  Struggling With Words That Count , 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin , Struggling With Words That Count, 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin ,  Struggling With Words That Count , 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin , Struggling With Words That Count, 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin ,  Struggling With Words That Count , 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin , Struggling With Words That Count, 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin ,  Struggling With Words That Count , 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin , Struggling With Words That Count, 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin ,  Struggling With Words That Count , 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin , Struggling With Words That Count, 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin ,  Struggling With Words That Count , 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin , Struggling With Words That Count, 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin ,  Struggling With Words That Count , 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin , Struggling With Words That Count, 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin ,  Struggling With Words That Count , 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin , Struggling With Words That Count, 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin ,  Struggling With Words That Count , 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin , Struggling With Words That Count, 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin ,  Struggling With Words That Count , 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin , Struggling With Words That Count, 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin ,  Struggling With Words That Count , 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin , Struggling With Words That Count, 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin ,  Struggling With Words That Count , 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin , Struggling With Words That Count, 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin ,  Struggling With Words That Count , 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin , Struggling With Words That Count, 2014 / 2016, Ink on paper / collage on paper

Installation view at  In Praise of Doubt , 2011, Punta della Dogana, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy

Installation view at In Praise of Doubt, 2011, Punta della Dogana, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy

Berliner Plätze , 2008/2009, ink and acrylic on canvas, 304,8 x 426,7 cm

Berliner Plätze, 2008/2009, ink and acrylic on canvas, 304,8 x 426,7 cm