Artist Julie Mehretu will speak with PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans about the development of her paintings and drawings across the span of her career. Mehretu is best known for her large-scale paintings in the language of abstraction which blend elements of architecture and mapping. Her work, Myriads, Only By Dark, is a point of departure in the current permanent collection exhibition, Routes of Influence.
Julie Mehretu is a world renowned painter, born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1970, who lives and works in New York City and Berlin. She received a Master’s of Fine Art with honors from The Rhode Island School of Design in 1997. Mehretu is a recipient of many awards, including the The MacArthur Award (2005), the Berlin Prize: Guna S. Mundheim Fellowship at The American Academy in Berlin, Germany (2007) and the US Department of State Medal of Arts Award (2015). She has shown extensively in international and national exhibitions.
Recent solo shows include Hoodnyx, Voodoo and Stelae, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York (2016). Julie Mehretu: The Addis Show, Gebre Kristos Desta Museum, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, (2016); The Mathematics of Droves, White Cube, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2014); Half a Shadow, carlier|gebauer, Berlin, Germany (2014); Liminal Squared, Marian Goodman Gallery, NYC (2013), White Cube, London (2013); Grey Area, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin & Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2009).
Mehretu's recent group exhibitions include Earthfold: Julie Mehretu & Jessica Rankin, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium (2016); The Forever Now; Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, MoMA, New York, NY (2015); Sharjah Biennial 12, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (2015); The International Biennial of Contemporary Art Foundation of Cartagena, Cartagena, Columbia (2014); 5th Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia (2013); documenta (13), Kassel, Germany (2012).