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Artist, New York

Guna S. Mundheim Fellow in the Visual Arts - Class of Spring 2007

Julie Mehretu is an internationally acclaimed artist, whose paintings and drawings have appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions at such venues as the Whitney Biennial; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Sao Paolo Biennial; The Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin; Busan Biennale, Korea; The eighth Baltic Triennial, Vilnius; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Redcat, Los Angeles; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; The 15th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney; Hayward Gallery, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark; Kunstverein Hannover, Germany and the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston.


Mehretu is known for her large-scale paintings and drawings and her technique of layering different elements and media. With visual allusions to architectural plans, topographic maps, aerial photographs, modernist abstraction, and European history painting, Mehretu’s works often suggest conflicts and congresses of space and time and globalization. Mehretu’s honors include a MacArthur Fellowship, the Whitney Museum’s American Art Award, and the Penny McCall Award. She has completed artist residencies at the Walker Art Center, the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Glassell School of Art in Houston. In the spring of 2007 she was the Guna S. Mundheim Visual Arts Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. She studied at the University Cheik Anta Diop in Dakar and earned a BA from Kalamazoo College and an MFA with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design.


Mehretu is a trustee of the American Academy in Berlin.

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