Julie Mehretu at the Whitney Museum
What: Exhibition: Julie Mehretu - Julie Mehretu
Who: Ayo Akingbade | Ufuoma Essi | Liz Gre | Evan Ifekoya | Liz Johnson Artur | Jade Montserrat | Emily Moore | Sola Olulode | Alexandria Smith | Rhea Storr | Alberta Whittle
Where: Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street, New York, USA
When: 25 March – 8 August, 2021
For more than two decades, Julie Mehretu (b. 1970, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) has been engaged in a deep exploration of painting. She creates new forms and finds unexpected resonances by drawing from the histories of art and human civilization—from Babylonian stelae to architectural sketches, from European history painting to the sites and symbols of African liberation movements. Some of Mehretu’s imagery and titles hint at their representational origins, but her work remains steadfastly abstract.
Comprising approximately thirty paintings and forty works on paper dating from 1996 to the present day, this mid-career survey of Julie Mehretu presents the most comprehensive overview of her practice to date. She plays with the parameters of abstraction, architecture, landscape, scale, and, most recently, figuration. At its core, Mehretu’s art is invested in our lived experiences, and examines how forces such as migration, capitalism, and climate change impact human populations—and possibilities.