Mernet Larsen: Getting Measured

October 11, 2017 – February 11, 2018
Tampa Museum of Art

The Tampa Museum of Art will present a survey of paintings and works on paper by artist Mernet Larsen (American, b. 1940). A long-time resident of Tampa and former Professor of Painting at the University of South Florida, Larsen is one of the region’s most prodigious artists. Her work alludes to a range of art historical references, from 13th-century Japanese scrolls, 15th-century Italian painting, to the geometric abstractions of Russian artist El Lissitzky (1980-1941). Her early abstract compositions, such Duccio’s Saint (1988) in the Tampa Museum of Art’s collection, reflect her ongoing formal explorations of experiential time, space, and color. Later figurative paintings, including the recent work Raft (2017), depict ordinary moments and activities—from reading in bed, attending casual dinners, to participating in faculty meetings. Yet, it is her unusual perspective and linear approach to figuration that render Larsen’s unique and genuine reflections of everyday life. The exhibition Mernet Larsen will feature never-before-seen early drawings from her student days, a select group of studies and works on paper, and a survey of paintings from the 1960s to the present.

Mernet Larsen
Mernet Larsen (American, b. 1940), Getting Measured, 1999, Acrylic, tracing paper and string on canvas. Museum purchase with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Jay Crouse, 2000 SN11041.1. Collection of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the State Art Museum of Florida, Florida State University

Tampa Museum of Art
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