Julie Mehretu

Julie Mehretu is a contemporary Ethiopian-born American artist known for her large-scale abstract paintings. Blending elements of Abstract Expressionism with Pop Art, her work bears the influence of important 20th-century painters, including Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, and Piet Mondrian. Working as both painter and printmaker, Mehretu layers a mixture of pigment, graphite, and ink into heavily intersected lines of color, topographical elements, and geometric renderings. She is an MFA graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and has studied at the Core Artists in Residence Program in Houston, Texas. Mehretu has received the Berlin Prize, a Macarthur Foundation Award, and the American Art Award. 

Collections

Brooklyn Museum, New York 

 Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA 

 Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA 

 The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN  

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 

 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX 

 The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY 

 National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. 

 New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY 

Philadelphia Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA 

 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA 

 Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, NY