Julie Mehretu

Julie Mehretu at work

Julie Mehretu

Julie Mehretu and other artists save Nina Simone’s childhood home

Last year, Nina Simone’s childhood home was put on the market. The legendary singer was born in a 660-square-foot house in Tryon, North Carolina, and was in danger of being torn down after the man who’d been attempting to preserve it encountered financial trouble. However, thanks to four prominent artists including Highpoint Editions artist Julie Mehretu, the birthplace of the musical legend will continue to stand.

Adam Pendleton, Rashid Johnson, Ellen Gallagher, and Julie Mehretu quietly pooled their money to purchase the home for $95,000, in the interest of keeping a key artifact in the histories of American music and civil rights alive. Mr. Pendleton said, “We don’t have a blueprint for our ideas yet, but I think sometimes artists are the best people to deal with really tricky questions — like, for instance, how to honor the legacy of someone as vital and complicated as Nina Simone,”

Read the full New York Times article here…



Julie Mehretu & Jessica Rankin ftd. in “Uptown” exhibition @ Wallach Art Gallery

Highpoint Editions artists Jessica Rankin and Julie Mehretu are featured in the new triennial, Uptown at Columbia University’s Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery. The triennial will survey “the work of artists who live or practice north of 99th Street”.

Together, Mehretu and Rankin created twenty-one compositions entitled, Struggling with Words that Count (2014-16). These works on canvas and paper collectively challenge concepts of place and capital through striking visual and textual combinations. The exhibition runs June 2-August 20.

To learn more about the exhibition, click here…

To see Jessica Rankin’s Highpoint Editions works, click here…

To see Julie Mehretu’s Highpoint Editions works, click here…

Julie Mehretu’s Entropia (review) featured @ MMAA exhibition

Opening on August 18, 2016,  Minnesota Museum of American Art’s exhibition Brick x Brick will feature Julie Mehretu’s Highpoint Editions print, Entropia (review).

The show’s press release states, “Brick x Brick is a group exhibition that foregrounds the slow and deliberate process of building as a way to understand the social and cultural topographies of cities and the built environment. Artists represented in the exhibition use a diversity of media—including photography, painting, sculpture, drawing, and craft—to show how building contributes to and disrupts the features of local, national, and international urban landscapes.”

The exhibition will showcase works by over 30 artists from across the country, including 15 from Minnesota.


A public reception will be held on Thursday, August 18 from 7-9pm. The show will be on display until December 30, 2016.

Click here to view the Minnesota Museum of American Art exhibition webpage.

Julie Mehretu & Jessica Rankin News

On view until June 12, the Dhondt-Dhaenens Museum in Belgium presents EARTHFOLD, a joint exhibition of work by Jessica Rankin and Julie Mehretu. As described on the museum’s website, “In their work, both Julie Mehretu (b.1970) and Jessica Rankin (b.1971) play with the boundaries of abstract art and the momentum that occurs when lines, colours and surfaces come to depict, once again, a reality or an experience. While Mehretu primarily uses the metropolitan dynamic, Rankin reworks, among others, the typical compositions of geographical and astronomical maps into lively organisms. Both artists also play with different materials and various forms of composition and texture, which leads to very different outcomes.”  View the museum’s exhibition webpage here.

Image Permissions: EARTHFOLD, 10.04 – 12.06.2016, Julie Mehretu & Jessica Rankin
Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium (photo: Rik Vannevel)
© Julie Mehretu / Jessica Rankin

Artworks in the photo, from left to right:

Jessica Rankin, The Great Other, 2016, courtesy of the artist and carlier | gebauer, Berlin
Jessica Rankin, Let the Awful Shade Stop Rising, 2014, courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, New York
Julie Mehretu, Invisible Sun (algorithm 7, spell form), 2015, courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

Entropia: Construction

Three drawings created for Entropia (review) are merged with a fourth new drawing by Julie Mehretu to create Entropia: Construction. Printed lithographically on four sheets of Gampi paper. Each sheet is layered and attached with wheat starch on to a Somerset backing sheet, a process known as chine collé. The use of the tissue thin Gampi allows the drawings to be simultaneously married to, and supported by the natural paper surface, resulting in a diaphanous surface that supports the dynamic drawings.

Entropia (review)

Highpoint Editions’ inaugural publication is a print by Julie Mehretu, co-published with the Walker Art Center through a program supported by the Surdna Foundation. The edition commemorates her yearlong artist residency at the Walker, which culminated in 2003 in an exhibition and catalogue featuring nine newly commissioned, large scale paintings. It was during this in-residence period that Mehretu began her collaboration with Highpoint Editions Master Printer Cole Rogers, with whom she worked closely to develop a complex marriage of screen print and lithographic techniques that could faithfully translate her luminous, layered imagery to printmaking. To create the print’s broad palette, Mehretu developed a working drawing on her computer that was used to create stencils and match ink colors for the first screenpritned layers. She then created four detailed drawings on translucent drafting paper. These became lithographic plates, which were printed on the first layers, after which more screenprinting was added. At 32 colors, the 33.5″ x 44″ print is an innovative work on paper and a testament to the tradition of collaborative printshops.

About the Artist

Mehretu was born in Ethiopia and raised in the United States. 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. She was a 2002–2003 artist-in-residence at the Walker Art Center, where she worked with East African high schoolers on a multimedia project, and had a summer 2003 exhibition of nine commissioned paintings in Gallery 7. Mehretu’s work was also part of the 2001 Walker exhibit Painting at the Edge of the World. More recently, her paintings and drawings been shown in London, Korea, and Lithuania, and have been included in several exhibitions in her current hometown of New York City (including Drawing Now: Eight Propositions at the Museum on Modern Art in Queens, (2002).