‘I am interested in the multifaceted layers of place, space, and time that impact the formation of personal and communal identity’
White Cube Bermondsey is pleased to present an exhibition by Julie Mehretu. Julie Mehretu is known for her densely-layered abstract paintings and prints. She lives and works in New York City so this will be Mehretu’s first major solo exhibition in London and will feature new and recent paintings, some of which will be presented within a specially constructed environment designed by David Adjaye in close collaboration with the artist. Described by curator Douglas Fogle as ‘perfect metaphors for the increasingly interconnected and complex character of the 21st century’, Mehretu’s large-scale paintings, which are built up in layers, employ a broad lexicon of drawing techniques together with a precise, muscular abstraction to investigate the intersection of politics, architecture and history and the way these forces shape the formation of our social identity.
Julie Mehretu was born in 1970 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and lives and works in New York and Berlin. She has participated in numerous international exhibitions and biennials and has received international recognition for her work, including, in 2005, the American Art Award from the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and the prestigious MacArthur Fellows award.