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

She has shown extensively in solo and group exhibitions including The International Biennial of Contemporary Art Foundation of Cartagena, Cartagena, USA (2014); 5th Moscow Biennale, Russia (2013); documenta, 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); Mehretu: Grey Area, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin and Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2009); Prospect.1, New Orleans Biennale, New Orleans, USA (2008); Julie Mehretu: City Sitings, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, and Williams College Art Museum, Williams, USA (2007); Remote Viewing: Invented Worlds in Recent Painting and Drawing, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2005), St. Louis Art Museum, USA (2005 – 2006); Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA (2004); São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, Brazil (2004) and Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2004).

Julie Mehretu was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1970 and lives and works in New York City and Berlin. She received her MFA with honours from The Rhode Island School of Design in 1997.

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Mehretu, Julie

Invisible Sun

Julie Mehretu’s new body of work offers a more contemplative and pared-down response in the aftermath of that moment as she probes deeper into the visual language of abstraction.