Julie Mehretu is an internationally celebrated artist, known for large-scale gestural paintings. The Ethiopian born Mehretu addresses both the formal concerns of color and line and the social concerns of power, history, globalism, communication and personal narrative. She is an advocate for LGBT rights, Ethiopian culture and films, and a founding member of Denniston Hill, a creative residency program in the southern Catskills.
Ms. Mehretu studied at Kalamazoo College in Michigan (BA, 1992) and at the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal (1990–91). She received an MFA in painting and printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1997. In 2005, Mehretu received the American Art Award from the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the prestigious MacArthur Fellows Award.
Mehretu has participated in numerous international exhibitions and biennials including solo exhibitions at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2003), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain (2006), and the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit (2007), the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York (2009, 2010), Documenta (13), Kassel, Germany (2012) and the Sharjah Biennial 12: the past, the present, the possible, UAE (2015) and most recently a solo exhibition at the Modern Art Museum Gebre Kristos Desta Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (July-August 2016). Forthcoming will be a survey of her work, organized by Fundacion Serralves, Portugal, opening in May 2017 and travelling to Centro Botin, Santander, Spain, in October 2017.
Julie Mehretu will have an exhibition of new paintings and drawings titled Hoodnyx, Voodoo and Stelae, at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, September 22nd – October 29th.