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  • 1970 Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Lives and works in New York

Education

  • 1997 MFA, Honors, Rhode Island School of Design
  • 1992 BA Kalamazoo College
  • 1990-1991 University Cheik Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal

Solo Exhibitions

2017

  • A universal history of everything and nothing, Serralves Museum, Porto
  • Julie Mehretu: A Universal History of Everything and Nothing, Centro Botín, Santander

2016

  • Struggling With Words That Count (With Jessica Rankin), Carlier Gebauer, Berlin
  • Hoodnyx, Voodoo and Stelae, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York 
  • The Addis Show, Gebre Kristos Desta Center, Addis Ababa

2014

  • Half A Shadow, Carlier|Gebauer, Berlin
  • The Mathematics of Droves, White Cube, Sao Paulo

2013

  • Liminal Squared, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
  • Liminal Squared, White Cube, London
  • Mind, Breath and Beat Drawings, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris

2010

  • Notations After The Ring, Arnold & Marie Schwartz Gallery, Metropolitan Opera House, New York
  • Grey Area, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

2009

  • 'Excavations: The Prints of Julie Mehretu', High Point Prints, Minneapolis
  • 'Grey Area', Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin

2008

  • City Sitings, Williams College Art Gallery, Williamstown, MA
  • 'Eye of the Storm', Carl Scholsberg Gallery, Montserrat College, Beverley, MA
  • City Sitings, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

2007

  • Julie Mehretu: Black City, Kunstverein Hanover, Hanover, Germany
  • Julie Mehretu: Black City, Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark
  • Julie Mehretu: City Sitings, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit

2006

  • Julie Mehretu: Black City, MUSAC-Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Léon, Spain
  • Julie Mehretu: Heavy Weather, Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA
  • Julie Mehretu: Heavy Weather, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

2005

  • Julie Mehretu: Drawings, Projectile Gallery, New York, NY
  • Currents 95: Julie Mehretu, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis

2004

  • carlier | gebauer, Berlin
  • Julie Mehretu: MATRIX 211, Manifestation, University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA

2003

  • Julie Mehretu: Drawing into Painting, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Travelled to REDCAT, Los Angeles and Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, NY

2002

  • White Cube, London

2001

  • The Project, New York
  • Art Pace, San Antonio

1999

  • Module, Project Row Houses, Houston

1998

  • Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston

1996

  • Paintings, Sol Koffler Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island

1995

  • Ancestral Reflections, Archive Gallery, New York, NY
  • Travelled to Hampshire College Gallery, Amherst, Massachusetts


Group Exhibitions

2017

  • Gray Matters, Wexner Center, Columbus
  • Drawing Biennial 2017, London

2016

  • In Context: Africans in America, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
  • Earthfold, Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium
  • Julie Mehretu, Come as You Are: Art from the 1990s, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin Texas

2015

  • Drawing: The Bottom Line, SMAK, Ghent
  • Come as You are, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor
  • Under the Clouds: From Paranoia to the digital sublime, Fundacao de Serralves, Porto
  • Drawing Now, Albertina,Vienna
  • Come as You are, Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah

2014

  • The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, MoMA, New York
  • The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists, Museum Modener Kunst Frankfurt, SCAD Savannah
  • Special Project for the 20th Anniversary of Gwangju Biennale: Sweet Dew-Since 1980, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, South Korea
  • Summer Highlights, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco
  • Love Story, Anne & Wolfgang Titze Collection, Belvedere, Vienna
  • Dak'art: Biennal of Contemporary African Art, Dakar, Senegal
  • Lost in Landscape, MART, Rovereto
  • The First International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena
  • INTERACT, East Wing Collection, Courtauld Institute, London

2013

  • Du Bois in Our Time, University of Massachusetts, Amherst's University Museum of Contemporary Art
  • The Gesture and the Sign, White Cube, Sao Paulo
  • The Temptation of the Diagram, Andrea Rosen Gallery 2 , New York

2012

  • Highlights 2012, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco
  • Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany 
  • The Painting Factory, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

2011

  • Multiplicity, Smithsonian, Washington D.C.
  • The Bearden Project, the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
  • Seeing/Knowing, Graham Gund Gallery, Kenyon College, Ohio
  • In Praise of Doubt, Punta della Dogana, Venice
  • New Order', White Cube, London
  • Three Artists: Julie Mehretu, Julian Lethbridge, Wayne Gonzales, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco

2010

  • Subversive Abstraction, Whitechapel Gallery, London
  • Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action, White Cube, London

2009

  • Automatic Cities, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA
  • Who's Afraid of the Artists?, Palais des Arts de Dinard, Dinard
  • Extreme Frontiers, Urban Frontiers, Institute of Contemporary Art (IVAM), Valencia, Spain

2008

  • I Bought the Brooklyn Bridge, Kupferstichkebinett, Berlin
  • Disguise: The art of attracting and deflecting attention, Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town
  • Vou-te contar uma história: Let me tell you a story, Porta 33, Madeira
  • Prospect 1, New Orleans Biennale, New Orleans, LA
  • 'The Cosmos: A Group Exhibition', Crown Point Press Gallery, San Francisco
  • Drawn to Detail, Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
  • Collection of Greenberg-Rohatyn, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

2007

  • 'Multiplex; Directions in New Art 1970 to Now', MOMA, New York
  • 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 and Savannah

2006

  • Zones of Contact: The 15th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  • 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
  • SWARM, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia
  • Mapping Space: Selections from the Collection, Miami Art Museum, Miami
  • Freeing the Line, Marian Goodman, 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, Seville, Spain
  • Green Flame, New Crowned Hope Festival, Vienna, Austria
  • Distant Relatives / Relative Distance, Michael Stevenson Contemporary, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Visual Arts Jury Show, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown
  • Archpeinture: Painters Build Architecture, Camden Arts Centre, London, England
  • The Compulsive Line: Etching 1900 to Now, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  • The Art of Etching at Crown Point Press, Bobbie Greenfield Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
  • Collection in Context: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Studio Museum, Harlem, NY
  • ARCO, Madrid, Spain

2005

  • Remote Viewing: Invented Worlds in Recent Painting and Drawing, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
  • Baroque and Neobaroque, Domus Atrium, Salamanca, Spain
  • Prints into Drawings, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
  • Mythologies, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
  • On Line, Louisiana Museum of Contemporary Art, Humlebaek, Denmark
  • Arnolfini, Bristol, England
  • Insight, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego
  • 25: Twenty-five Years of the Deutsche Bank Collection, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin
  • Susan Inglett Gallery, New York
  • The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia
  • Logical Conclusions: 40 Years of Rule-Based Art, PaceWildenstein, New York

2004

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

2003

  • Poetic Justice, 8th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul
  • Lazarus Effect, Prague Biennial 1, Prague
  • The Moderns, Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin, Italy
  • 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, California

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
  • Urgent Painting, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris

2001

  • 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, Belgium

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-on-Hudson, 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
  • Sheer Abstraction, Barbara Davies Gallery, Houston
  • Artistic Centers in Texas: Houston-Galveston, University of North Texas Art Gallery, Denton, Texas
  • Association Galveston, San Angelo, El Paso, Austin, Tyler, Texas

1998

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

1997

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

1996

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

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, New York

Grants and Residencies

  • 2007 American Academy in Berlin Fellowship
  • 2006 The Rhode Island School of Design Alumni Council Artistic Achievement Award, Rhode Island
  • 2005 MacArthur Fellow
  • American Art Award, Whitney Museum of Art, New York
  • Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • 2003 Artist-in-Residency, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
  • Artist-in-Residency, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, California
  • Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant
  • 2002 Penny McCall Foundation Grant
  • 2001 The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant
  • AIR Program at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
  • Pat Hearn Inaugural Award
  • Artists-in-Residence, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
  • 1997–98 CORE Program, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • 1995–97 The Rhode Island School of Design Presidential Scholar Fall Tuition Award