ARTPIL Profiles of the Arts
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at SFMOMA

Julie Mehretu
artist

Julie Mehretu is an artist who transforms her canvases into visually spectacular excavations of multiple epochs and locales. As a foundation and point of departure for her work, she depicts public spaces from around the globe – museums, stadiums, and international airports – in the form of heroically-scaled maps and architectural plans. On surfaces encased in coats of transparent resin, she paints over these sprawling drawings a maelstrom of colorful, geometric abstractions, iconic imagery, and loosely figurative markings that evoke a world of associations. By layering multiple pictorial planes, she creates the illusion of movement, of elements advancing and receding at dizzying speeds within graphically stunning, timeless space. In so doing, Mehretu creates abstract paintings that grant viewers a dazzling glimpse of history’s vicissitudes.

Julie Mehretu studied at the University Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal (1990-91) and received a B.A. (1992) from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and an M.F.A. (1997) from the Rhode Island School of Design. She was an artist-in-residence at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston (1998-99), the Studio Museum in Harlem (2001), and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2002). Her works have appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions at such venues as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston.

Mehretu lives and works in New York City and is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, 2005.

[from MacArthur Foundation]

Julie Mehretu
artist

Julie Mehretu is an artist who transforms her canvases into visually spectacular excavations of multiple epochs and locales. As a foundation and point of departure for her work, she depicts public spaces from around the globe – museums, stadiums, and international airports – in the form of heroically-scaled maps and architectural plans. On surfaces encased in coats of transparent resin, she paints over these sprawling drawings a maelstrom of colorful, geometric abstractions, iconic imagery, and loosely figurative markings that evoke a world of associations. By layering multiple pictorial planes, she creates the illusion of movement, of elements advancing and receding at dizzying speeds within graphically stunning, timeless space. In so doing, Mehretu creates abstract paintings that grant viewers a dazzling glimpse of history’s vicissitudes.

Julie Mehretu studied at the University Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal (1990-91) and received a B.A. (1992) from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and an M.F.A. (1997) from the Rhode Island School of Design. She was an artist-in-residence at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston (1998-99), the Studio Museum in Harlem (2001), and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2002). Her works have appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions at such venues as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston.

Mehretu lives and works in New York City and is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, 2005.

[from MacArthur Foundation]

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