Larger Than Life Art Show
Larger Than Life: Larger than life portraits of iconic women artists by a Montclair painter.
Local Montclair painter, Merrie Koehlert, will show large-scale oil paintings, many as large as four feet by four feet, of iconic women in art who date from the Renaissance to modernity. In addition, two other series and a collection of sketches will complete her presentation at the Art Gallery of the Montclair Public Library, throughout March, in recognition of Women’s History Month. Visual biographies of female artists, represented through their own unique painting techniques, brings the viewer through the history of art, and up to the present with a portrait of Kara Walker. These works quite literally stare back at you as you engage them, creating an introspective experience for the viewer with the artwork. Inspiration for the work comes from readings in The Feminist Art Journal (1972-1977), lost to time and rediscovered by good luck and helpful accident in Park Slope, Brooklyn where Cindy Nemser, editor and feminist art critic, continues to live. Cindy shared stories of meeting Georgia O’Keeffe, and talked of interviewing and posing with her husband for a portrait by Alice Neel, both artists depicted in the show. The project is a personal homage to women like Cindy, and female artists that lead the way forward in art and culture.
Merrie Koehlert’s work is collected both publicly and privately throughout the United States. Murals can be seen in iconic New York City locations, and have been used in films and magazine shoots.
The opening reception will be on March 4th, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., at the Montclair Public Library’s Gallery. The Montclair Public Library Art Gallery is at 50 South Fullerton Avenue Montclair, NJ 07042 The paintings will be shown for Women’s History Month, from March 1-March 31, 2017.