Over the course of six decades, Mernet Larsen (*1940 Houghton, Michigan) has playfully manipulated the perspective within her paintings to reveal unsettling and humorous narratives arising from ordinary situations. “The subjects and scenarios she depicts are typically banal: friends engaged in conversation, a couple reading in bed, and faculty meetings. Through unexpected compositional movement, however, she transforms these prosaic moments into psychological dramas which allude to the dislocations, disruptions, and dread that fill our lives.” says Curator Veronica Roberts (Modern and Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum of Art).
This extensive, richly illustrated monograph – appearing in parallel to the exhibition at James Cohan Gallery NYC – features works of art on 160 pages from all stages of Mernet Larsen’s career, as well as an interview with the artist by Hans Ulrich Obrist, and essays by curators Susan Thompson and Veronica Roberts. A studio visit can be seen on the website of the gallery.
Mernet Larsen has exhibited extensively since the late 1970s and has been the subject of over thirty solo exhibitions, including Mernet Larsen: The Ordinary, Reoriented, Akron Art Museum, 2019, and Getting Measured: Mernet Larsen, 1957-2017, Tampa Museum of Art, 2017. She has been featured in more than seventy group exhibitions, including presentations at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C., the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY and multiple other exhibitions in London and New York. Her work is in numerous collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida; the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel; and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, among others. Larsen received her BFA from the University of Florida, and her MFA from Indiana University. She lives and works between Tampa, Florida and Jackson Heights, New York
Editor James Cohan
Text by Mernet Larsen, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Veronica Roberts and Susan Thompson
Design by Grant Schofield, New York
24 × 30 cm, hardcover, Kerber Verlag