Julie Mehretu is a contemporary visual artist, best known for her densely layered abstract paintings and prints. She is best known for her large-scale paintings that take the abstract energy, topography, and sensibility of global urban landscapes as a source of inspiration.

Julie Mehretu
Julie Mehretu
Adis Abeba, 1970
Ethiopia

Current Exhibitions

Luogo e Segni

Punta della Dogana

24 Mar — 15 Dec
The exhibition takes its title from a painting by Carol Rama included in the exhibition. The show brings together over one hundred works, by thirty artists, that establish a particular relationship with...

Past Exhibitions

Julie Mehretu: Sextant

White Cube Mason’s Yard
21/09/2018 — 03/11/2018

Never Free to Rest

kurimanzutto
11/11/2017 — 16/12/2017

Julie Mehretu & Jessica Rankin: Struggling With Words That Count

Carlier | Gebauer
11/01/2017 — 04/03/2017

Julie Mehretu & Jessica Rankin: Struggling With Words That Count

Carlier | Gebauer
01/11/2016 — 07/01/2017

Julie Mehretu: The Mathematics of Droves

White Cube 01/09/2014 — 01/11/2014

Solo Shows

2018
Julie Mehretu: Una historia universal de todo y nada, Botín Centre, Santander, Spain
Julie Mehretu/ Tacita Dean, Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris
Julie Mehretu: Excavations, University of Virginia Fralin Museum of Art, Charlottesville, Virginia
Julie Mehretu: Sextant, White Cube, London

2017
Julie Mehretu: A Universal History of Everything and Nothing, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal
Julie Mehretu: HOWL, eon (I, II), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA

2016
Julie Mehretu : Hoodnyx, Voodoo and Stelae, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, USA[31]
Julie Mehretu: The Addis Show, Gebre Kristos Desta Center Modern Art Museum, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Julie Mehretu | Epigraph, Damascus, Niels Borch Jensen Gallery & Editions, Berlin, Germany

2014
Julie Mehretu: Half A Shadow, carlier | gebauer, Berlin, Germany
Julie Mehretu, Myriads Only By Dark, Gemini G.E.L.

2013
Excavations: The Prints of Julie Mehretu, Ohio University Art Gallery, Athens OH, USA
Julie Mehretu: Liminal Squared, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, USA
Julie Mehretu: Liminal Squared, White Cube, London, UK
Julie Mehretu: Mind Breath and Beat Drawings, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France

2012
Excavations: The Prints of Julie Mehretu, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, New York, USA

2011
Excavations: The Prints of Julie Mehretu, Davison Art Center, Middletown, USA

2010
Julie Mehretu: Notations After the Ring, Metropolitan Opera House, NY, USA
Julie Mehretu: Grey Area, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

2009
Julie Mehretu: Grey Area, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, DE

2008
Julie Mehretu: City Sitings, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Julie Mehretu: City Sitings, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA

2007
Julie Mehretu: Black City, Kunstverein Hannover, Hanover
Julie Mehretu: Black City, Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek
Julie Mehretu: City Sitings (traveling through 2008), The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit

2006
Black City, MUSAC – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y Léon, Léon
Julie Mehretu – Heavy Weather, Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA
The Unhomely: Phantom Scenes in Global Society, 2nd International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Seville, Spain

2005
Drawings, The Project, New York, NY
Currents, St Louis Art Museum, St Louis, MO

2004
Matrix, University of California Berkeley Art Museum, CA
Julie Mehretu: Drawing into Painting, REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA
Julie Mehretu: Drawing into Painting, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Déjà-vu, carlier │gebauer, Berlin, Germany
Landscape Allegories, Thomas Dane, London, UK

2003
Julie Mehretu: Drawing into Painting, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art
Julie Mehretu: Drawing into Painting, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (travelling)

2002
Julie Mehretu: Renegade Delirium, White Cube, London, UK

2001
The Project, New York, NY
Art Pace, San Antonio, TX

1999
Module, Project Row Houses, Houston, TX

1998
Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, TX

1996
Paintings, Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI

1995
Ancestral Reflections, Archive Gallery. New York, NY
Ancestral Reflections, Hampshire College Gallery, Amherst, MA

Group Shows

2018
Witness: Themes of Social Justice in Contemporary Printmaking and Photography from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitze, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, OR
Lydia Cabrera and Edouard Glissant: Trembling Thinking, Americas Society, New York, NY
Selections from The Studio Museum in Harlem, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA
Actions: ‘…the image of the world can be different’, Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

2017
never free to rest, Kurimanzutto, Mexico, CA
Power, Spruth Magers, Los Angeles, CA
Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now, The Brynmor Jones Library Art Gallery, University of Hull; Ulster Museum, Belfast;
New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe; RISD Museum, Providence, Rhode Island;
Serralves Museum of
Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal
Gray Matters, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio
Exhibition of Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards, American
Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
Age of Terror, IWM London, London
I am you, you are too, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940–2017,
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

2016
Encounters Beyond Borders: Contemporary Artists from the Horn of Africa, Kennedy
Museum of Art, Ohio State University, Athens, OH
Come As You Are: Art of the 1990s, Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin,
TX
Shifting Views: People & Politics in Contemporary African Art, The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Julie Mehretu/Jessica Rankin, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Belgium
The Serial Impulse at Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA
L’Iris de Lucy, Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart, France
Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now, Poole Museum, England
2015
Come As You Are: Art of the 1990s, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey;
Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia; University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI
Sharjah Biennial 12: the past, the present, the possible, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Fusion: Art of the 21st Century, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia
Divine Comedy, National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.
Liberated Subjects: Present Tense, Foundation De 11 Lijnen, Oudenburg, Belgium
Drawing Now, Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria; SMAK, Ghent From Above, Di Donna Gallery, New York
The Serial Impulse, Gemini G.E.L. 50th Anniversary exhibition, National Gallery, Washington, D.C.

2014
Cartagena Biennale, Cartagena, Colombia
Divine Comedy, Museum Fur Moderne Kunst Frankfurt, Germany;
SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia
Highpoint Editions, Ascent Capital Management, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mind the Map, Punkt Ø, Oslo
Sweet Dew – Since 1980; Special Project for 20th Anniversary of Gwangju Biennale
Love Story – The Anne & Wolfgang Titze Collection, 21er House and Winter Palace, Vienna, Austria
The Bearden Project, The University Galleries at Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas
Variations: Conversations in and around Abstract Painting, LACMA, Los Angeles
Seeking New Genealogy – Art, Body, Performance, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, Museum of Modern Art, New York

2013
A Triple Tour: Works in the Pinault Collection, Conciergerie Paris Turbulences II, Villa Empain, Boghossian Foundation, Brussels, Belgium
5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art Du Bois in Our Time, University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst
Yes, No, Maybe, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Collection Platform 4: Emotion and technology, Kiev, Ukraine
Una Posibilidad De Escape Para Asaltar El Estudio De La Realidad Y Volver A Grabar El Universo, EACC – Espai d´Art Contemporani de Castelló, Spain
Highpoint Editions: Decade One, Sherman Gallery, Boston University
The Gesture and the Sign, White Cube, Sao Paulo

2012
Documenta (13), Kassel, Germany
The Painting Factory, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Tracing the Century: Drawing as a Catalyst for Change, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England
2011 Seeing/Knowing, Graham Gund Gallery, Kenyon College, OH
Shift and Flow, Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, New York
In Praise of Doubt, Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy
Inside the Painter’s Studio, Paine Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA
New Order: Political Gesture and Exchange, White Cube, London
Embodied: Black Identities in American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Multiplicity, Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC
The Bearden Project, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York

2010
Immaterial, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX
On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action,

White Cube, London
Picasso to Julie Mehretu: Modern Drawing in the Collection of the British
Museum,Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam
David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Keeping it Real, Act 2: Subversive Abstraction, Whitechapel Gallery, London
Subversive Abstraction, Whitechapel Gallery, London

2009
Automatic Cities, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Signs of the Apocalypse/Rapture, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
Untitled (History Painting): Painting and Public Life in the 21st Century, The
University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI
Extreme Frontiers, Urban Frontiers, Institute of Contemporary Art (IVAM),
Valencia, Spain
Der Schmerz sitzt tief, Stiftung Opelvillen Rüsselsheim, Germany

2008
Prospect.1, New Orleans Biennale, New Orleans, LA
The Lines of the Hand, MUCA, Mexico City, Mexico
I Bought the Brooklyn Bridge, Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin
Drawn to Detail, Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
The Cosmos: A Group Exhibition, Crown Point Press Gallery, San Francisco
Collection of Greenberg-Rohatyn, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Vou-te contra uma história: Let me tell you a story, Porta 33, Madeira

2007
Multiplex: Directions in Art, 1970 to Now, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Collector’s Choice III. Audacity in Art; Selected Works from Central Florida Collections, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando
African Art Today: An Unbounded Vista, Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City
Comic Abstraction, Museum of Modern Art, New York
New Directions in American Drawing, Columbus Art Museum, Columbus; Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah
Tapping Currents: Contemporary African Art and the Diaspora, Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City
Paper Trail: A Decade of Acquisitions, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Figge Art Museum, Davenport

2006
Zones of Contact: The 15th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney
When Artist’s Say We, Artists Space, New York
Remote Viewing: Invented Worlds in Recent Painting and Drawing, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis
ARCO’06, Madrid
Mapping Space: Selections from the Collection, Miami Art Museum, Miami
Freeing the Line, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
Belief & Doubt, Aspen Art Center, Aspen
Super Vision, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
The Unhomely: Phantom Scenes in Global Society, Second International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Seville, Fundación BIACS, Seville
Green Flame: New Crowned Hope Festival, Vienna
Visual Arts Jury Show, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown
Archpeinture: Painters Build Architecture, Camden Arts Centre, London
The Compulsive Line: Etching 1900 to Now, Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Art of Etching at Crown Point Press, Bobbie Greenfield Gallery, Santa Monica
Distant Relatives/Relative Distance, Michael Stevenson Contemporary, Cape Town, South Africa
When Artist’s Say We, Artists Space, New York
The Compulsive Line: Etching 1900 to Now, Museum of Modern Art, New York

2005
Collection in Context: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
Remote Viewing: Invented Worlds in Recent Painting and Drawing, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
Baroque and Neobaroque, Domus Atrium, Salamanca
Prints into Drawings, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Mythologies, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis On Line, Louisiana Museum of Contemporary Art, Humlebaek
Arnolfini, Bristol, England
Insight, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego
25: Twenty-five Years of the Deutsche Bank Collection, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin
SWARM, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia
Logical Conclusions, Pace Gallery, New York
Mapping Space: Selections from the Collection, Miami Art Museum, Miami
New Prints 2005/Autumn, International Print Center, New York
Susan Inglett Gallery, New York

2004
Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh São Paulo Biennal, São Paulo
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Firewall, Ausstellungshalle Zeitgenössische Kunst, Münster
Africa Remix, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf.
Traveled to Hayward Gallery, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Back to Paint, C&M Arts, New York

2003
Poetic Justice, 8th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul
Lazarus Effect, Prague Biennial 1, Prague
The Moderns, Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin
GNS, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Outlook, International Art Exhibition, Athens
Splat Boom Pow! The Influence of Comics in Contemporary Art, 1970–2000, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. Traveled to Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus
Ethiopian Passages: Dialogues in the Diaspora, National Museum for African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Metascape, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland
Social Strategies: Redefining Social Realism, University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara

2002
Drawing Now: Eight Propositions, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Stalder-Mehretu-Solakov, Kunstmuseum Thun, Thun, Switzerland
Out of Site, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Centre of Attraction, The 8th Baltic Triennal of International Art, Vilnius, Lithuania
Busan Biennale 2002, Busan Metropolitan Museum, Busan, Korea
Wallow, The Project, New York
Terra Incognita: Contemporary Artists’ Maps and Other Visual Organizing
Systems, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis

2001
Urgent Painting, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
The Americans, Barbican Art Gallery, London
Painting at the Edge of the World, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Freestyle, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
Casino 2001, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent
For the Record, Studio Museum Harlem, New York

2000
Selections Fall 2000, The Drawing Center, New York
Five Continents and One City, Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City
Greater New York, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York
Translations, The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-onHudson, New York
Glenn Brown, Julie Mehretu, Peter Rostovsky, The Project, New York
Architecture and Memory, Lawrence Rubin Greenberg Van Doren Fine Art, New York
Architecture and Memory, CRG, New York

1999
Material, Process, Memory, Jones Center for Contemporary Art, Austin
The Stroke, Exit Art, New York
Texas Draws, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
Hot Spots: Houston, Miami and Los Angeles, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina
Core 1999, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Artistic Centers in Texas: Houston-Galveston, University of North Texas Art Gallery, Denton, Texas
Sheer Abstraction, Barbara Davies Gallery, Houston
Association Galveston, San Angelo, El Paso, Austin, Tyler

1998
Text and Territory: Navigating through Immigration and Dislocation,
University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal
Core 1998, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Millennium Fever, Diverse Works, Houston
Universal Pictures, Rudolph Puissant Gallery, Houston

1997
Annual Graduate Student Exhibition, The Museum of the Rhode Island
School of Design, Providence

1996
The Bombastic Righteous Passively Become Apparent Absurdities, (collaborative installation with
Benjamin Edwards), Sol Koffler Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence

1995
A Woman’s View, The World Bank International Women’s Exhibition, The World Bank
Art Program, Washington D.C.
Yewenshet, Three Ethiopian Painters, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Adis Abeba Country of birth: Ethiopia Date of birth: 1970 Lives in: NYC, USA