Mernet Larsen

(Houghton, Michigan, 1940 - )

North America, American

Mernet Larsen was born in Houghton, Michigan in 1940. Although she has been painting for several decades, she has received national and international attention over the last ten years for her geometric, perspectivally skewed paintings in which ordinary situations become disquieting and unfamiliar. In 2020, she will have her third solo exhibition at James Cohan gallery since 2016. Larsen had a 60-year survey of her work at the Tampa Museum of Art in 2018 and a solo exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg in 2016. She has been featured in exhibitions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C; the American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY; and White Cube, London, in addition to numerous solo and group shows. Her work is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; and the Israel Museum, among other foundations and museums in Europe and the United States. Larsen is Professor Emeritus at the University of South Florida, where she taught for 35 years, receiving the university’s highest distinctions for teaching. MERNET LARSEN, a monograph with an essay by John Yau, was published by Damiani Press in 2013. She lives and works between Tampa, Florida and Jackson Heights, New York.

Tampa, Florida


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