Above: Watercolor of two chairs by Lars Larson (image from American Swedish Institute; copyright the artist).
Ever since January 23, 2016 friends have been asking me if I've been to the Lars Lerin exhibit and when I say I haven't (I've been swamped with work) they tell me to get over there right away.
I was able to go there the other day with some artist friends and it was AMAZING.
Many of the watercolors are large double elephant sheets of 300 lb. watercolor paper HUNG WITHOUT GLASS.
That's right. NO GLASS.
If you are interested in watercolor painting, even casually I suggest you get over there right now, and then plan to go back again and again.
I've been back two more times, and have other return dates written in my calendar.
There is also a video showing on the second floor and you'll get to see him working.
Of course I enjoy the fact that he paints specimens in natural history museums, but he also creates paintings of cityscapes and…well you just have to go and see them, that's all I can say, except that he really understands shape, volume, and contrast.
Why are you still reading this? Why aren't you on your way over there?
Just to sweeten the deal—the paintings are being hung throughout the stunning Turnblad Mansion (circa 1908) which is the home of the American Swedish Institute. It's a stunning Park Avenue mansion that didn't get divided up into offices or other purposes. You need to spend time just enjoying the building.
In fact, make a day of it and eat lunch at the cafe on site!
And if you don't live in Minneapolis, just a heads up, this is the perfect time to come to Minneapolis and visit. Plan for a week before May 22, so that you can return each day to view the exhibit. While the exhibit will travel elsewhere this is the only venue that has been given permission to hang the art without glass.
Why aren't you already on a plane!
Join the ASI to support such great exhibits.
And look at the other great art and fixtures throughout the Turnblad Mansion.
Really—are you still sitting at your computer? I just don't know what's up with you?!