James Cohan now represents Mernet Larsen, the gallery announced today. The 75-year-old painter last showed in New York at Johannes Vogt Gallery in 2012, which also marked her first solo show in Manhattan. The year before, Larsen showed in a two-person show at Regina Rex Gallery in Bushwick, and has been featured in group exhibitions at Lisa Cooley Gallery and London’s Sadie Coles in 2015. This fall, Larsen’s work was included in a group show, “Let’s Get Figurative,” at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery and is currently in a group exhibition curated by Barry Schwabsky, “Tightrope Walk: Painting Images After Abstraction,” at London’s White Cube gallery.
Her work is held in the permanent collections of institutions such as Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as well as in the private collections of Beth DeWoody, Dorian Grinspan, Steve Cohen, and Alex Klimpt.
Larsen, who has developed a style “inspired from the geometric abstractions of El Lissitzky and the narrative stylization of 12th Century Japanese and early Renaissance paintings” (as the gallery puts it in its release) over the course of her 40-year career, will show new work at a solo show opening January 15 at Cohan’s new Lower East Side space at 291 Grand Street.