Mernet Larsen - Phillips x Artsy: Wrapped/Unwrapped New York Tuesday, November 26, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Various Small Fires, Los Angeles
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    Mernet Larsen's work is in numerous public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh) and the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis).

    Mernet Larsen
    by Leigh Anne Miller
    Art in America, February 11, 2016

    The title of Mernet Larsen’s show, “Things People Do,” is as deadpan as her blocky, vertigo-inducing paintings. Larsen, based in Tampa, Fla., has been painting and teaching for decades, but her work has only begun popping up in New York and Los Angeles in the last few years. This show is her first with James Cohan. In an artist statement on her website, Larsen explains that her “characters and objects are geometric solids, their structures and proportions reinvented in tension with the event depicted.” This tension, often accomplished by a disorienting use of reverse perspective, can be seen in paintings like Reading in Bed (2015), where the bed narrows toward the foreground as if sloping but the couple in it doesn’t tumble off, or Punch (2016), where a circular table is a gathering place for five people, three of whom remain anchored to it while hanging upside down.


Study for Subway (with hoodie)

signed "Mernet Larsen" lower right
acrylic on Bristol paper
24 x 19 in. (61 x 48.3 cm.)
Painted in 2014.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $5,938

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Phillips x Artsy: Wrapped/Unwrapped

Online Auction 26 November - 12 December 2019