Julie Mehretu

Rouge Ascension, 2002*
Somerset Satin white paper and Denril vellum
32 x 24 1/2 inches
acquired 2007


Born 1970 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
She studied at University Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar (1990–91), earned a BA from Kalamazoo College, Michigan (1992), and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence (1997). Mehretu’s paintings and drawings refer to elements of mapping and architecture, achieving a calligraphic complexity that resembles turbulent atmospheres and dense social networks. Her work is made with a unique layered printing technique, in which a color lithograph is printed on Somerset Satin paper and 2 sheets of transparent Denril vellum, printed on both sides with black and white lithographs, are placed on top.

In 2012/13, Nicola López’s work was featured in Girls’ Club’s Following the Line exhibition.

Select Awards
2007  Berlin Prize, American Academy in Berlin
2005  John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award
American Art Award from the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York