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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 Her work conveys a compression of time, space, and place and a collapse of art historical references.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. She was named one of the “100 most influential people” by Time Magazine in 2020. Other selected awards and honors include the “Liberty Award for Artistic Leadership” given each year by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), New York (2018); The US State Department's “National Medal of Arts”(2015); The American Academy’s “Berlin Prize” (2007); and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s “MacArthur Fellowship” (2005). The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York recently co-organized a mid-career survey of Mehretu’s work, which also traveled to the High Museum, Atlanta, and will open at its last venue, The Walker Museum in Minneapolis on October 16, 2021. Her work has been exhibited extensively in museums and biennials, including the Carnegie International (2004–05), Sydney Biennial (2006), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010), dOCUMENTA (13) (2012), Sharjah Biennial (2015), Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2017), Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge, UK (2019); and the 58th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia (2019). 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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Julie Mehretu 
A Universal History of Everything and Nothing 
Fundacao de Serralves, Centro Bontin Center, Mousse, 2017 
ISBN.978-972-739-349-7 (Fundacao de Serralves)

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Julie Mehretu 
Mural
Goldman, Sachs & Co., 2013 
Richard Shift 

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Julie Mehretu 
Julie Mehretu: Black City
Musac Catalog, Hatje Cantz, 2006 
(Ed) MUSAC, Leon, 
Lawrence Chuaay, Sophie Rabinowitz, Agustín Pérez Rubio, 
Marcus Steinweg 
ISBN: 978-3-7757-1863-9 

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Julie Mehretu,  Metoikos (she opened her mouth, to breathe lightning) , 2019 / 2021 
Ink and Acrylic on Canvas, 244 x 305 cm, JME/2019/pai/21982

Julie Mehretu, Metoikos (she opened her mouth, to breathe lightning), 2019 / 2021
Ink and Acrylic on Canvas, 244 x 305 cm, JME/2019/pai/21982

Julie Mehretu,  Strange, in between thing , 2019 / 2021 
Ink and Acrylic on Canvas, 290 x 229 cm, JME/2019/pai/21983

Julie Mehretu, Strange, in between thing, 2019 / 2021
Ink and Acrylic on Canvas, 290 x 229 cm, JME/2019/pai/21983

Julie Mehretu,  Metoikos (half extinguished beam 07.04.21,7pm) , 2019 / 2021 
Ink and Acrylic on Canvas, 290 x 229 cm, JME/2019/pai/21984

Julie Mehretu, Metoikos (half extinguished beam 07.04.21,7pm), 2019 / 2021
Ink and Acrylic on Canvas, 290 x 229 cm, JME/2019/pai/21984

Julie Mehretu,  Among the Multitude I , 2019 / 2021 
Ink and Acrylic on Canvas, 122 x 152 cm, JME/2019/pai/21988

Julie Mehretu, Among the Multitude I, 2019 / 2021
Ink and Acrylic on Canvas, 122 x 152 cm, JME/2019/pai/21988

Julie Mehretu,  Among the Multitude II , 2019 / 2021 
Ink and Acrylic on Canvas, 122 x 152 cm, JME/2019/pai/21985

Julie Mehretu, Among the Multitude II, 2019 / 2021
Ink and Acrylic on Canvas, 122 x 152 cm, JME/2019/pai/21985

Julie Mehretu,  Among the Multitude IV , 2019 / 2021 
ink and acrylic on canvas, 121,92 x 152,4 cm, JME/2019/pai/22075

Julie Mehretu, Among the Multitude IV, 2019 / 2021
ink and acrylic on canvas, 121,92 x 152,4 cm, JME/2019/pai/22075

Julie Mehretu,  Untitled , 2021 
Photo © Cathy Carver. © Julie Mehretu

Julie Mehretu, Untitled, 2021
Photo © Cathy Carver. © Julie Mehretu

Julie Mehretu,  Untitled , 2021 
Photo © Cathy Carver. © Julie Mehretu

Julie Mehretu, Untitled, 2021
Photo © Cathy Carver. © Julie Mehretu

Julie Mehretu,  Untitled , 2021 
Photo © Cathy Carver. © Julie Mehretu

Julie Mehretu, Untitled, 2021
Photo © Cathy Carver. © Julie Mehretu

Julie Mehretu, exhibition view, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, March 24–August 8, 2021 
Photo © Ron Amstutz

Julie Mehretu, exhibition view, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, March 24–August 8, 2021
Photo © Ron Amstutz

Julie Mehretu, exhibition view, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, March 24–August 8, 2021 
Photo © Ron Amstutz

Julie Mehretu, exhibition view, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, March 24–August 8, 2021
Photo © Ron Amstutz

Julie Mehretu, exhibition view, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, March 24–August 8, 2021 
Photo © Ron Amstutz

Julie Mehretu, exhibition view, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, March 24–August 8, 2021
Photo © Ron Amstutz

Julie Mehretu, exhibition view, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, November 3, 2019–May 17, 2020, 
Photo: © Museum Associates/LACMA

Julie Mehretu, exhibition view, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, November 3, 2019–May 17, 2020,
Photo: © Museum Associates/LACMA

Julie Mehretu, exhibition view, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, November 3, 2019–May 17, 2020, 
​Photo: © Museum Associates/LACMA

Julie Mehretu, exhibition view, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, November 3, 2019–May 17, 2020,
​Photo: © Museum Associates/LACMA

Julie Mehretu, Untitled, 2017 
ink on paper, 66 x 102,5 cm 
JMe/2017/dra/18620

Julie Mehretu, Untitled, 2017
ink on paper, 66 x 102,5 cm
JMe/2017/dra/18620

Julie Mehretu, Untitled, 2017 
ink on paper, 66 x 102,5 cm 
JMe/2017/dra/18619

Julie Mehretu, Untitled, 2017
ink on paper, 66 x 102,5 cm
JMe/2017/dra/18619

Julie Mehretu, A Universal History of Everything and Nothing, exhibition view at Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, from 19 MAY 2017 to 03 SEP 2017. 
Photos: Filipe Braga, © Fundação de Serralves, Porto.

Julie Mehretu, A Universal History of Everything and Nothing, exhibition view at Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, from 19 MAY 2017 to 03 SEP 2017.
Photos: Filipe Braga, © Fundação de Serralves, Porto.

Julie Mehretu, A Universal History of Everything and Nothing, exhibition view at Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, from 19 MAY 2017 to 03 SEP 2017. 
​Photos: Filipe Braga, © Fundação de Serralves, Porto.

Julie Mehretu, A Universal History of Everything and Nothing, exhibition view at Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, from 19 MAY 2017 to 03 SEP 2017.
​Photos: Filipe Braga, © Fundação de Serralves, Porto.

Julie Mehretu, A Universal History of Everything and Nothing, exhibition view at Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, from 19 MAY 2017 to 03 SEP 2017. 
​Photos: Filipe Braga, © Fundação de Serralves, Porto.

Julie Mehretu, A Universal History of Everything and Nothing, exhibition view at Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, from 19 MAY 2017 to 03 SEP 2017.
​Photos: Filipe Braga, © Fundação de Serralves, Porto.

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