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Vera Mercer: Florals Through the Years

Friday, November 9, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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Vera Mercer: Florals Through the Years

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Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
724 South 12th Street
Omaha, NE 68102
Price: It's Free (sweet!)

You are cordially invited to a special cocktail reception and viewing of work by Vera Mercer featured at Bemis Center Art Sales | Gallery 4. Catering by La Buvette and the Boiler Room. 

Vera Mercer: Florals Through the Years
Bemis Center Art Sales | Gallery 4 
Friday, November 9, 2012 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

For additional information contact Justine Petsch, Art Sales Manager at justine [at] bemiscenter [dot] org or 402.341.7130 x 15.

About Vera Mercer
Once part of an artistic avant-garde in Paris that would become known as the "Nouveaux Réalistes," Vera Mercer was first known for her portraits of visual artists such as Marcel Duchamp and Robert Filliou, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Jean Tinguely and Daniel Spoerri. It was in the Paris market halls where Mercer first encountered the theme of food, which was the subject of her January 2011 exhibition at the Bemis Center, Still Lifes, her first ever solo exhibition in the United States. Vera Mercer's iconography revolves around an omnivore's sense of food, from raw marketplace pork sides to classical compositions of flowers and vegetables. Mercer's photographic still lifes are decadent and comical, grotesque and alluring. Mercer's use of extreme scale and proportions in many of her still lifes pushes the subject matter into the realm of the absurd or surreal. Since moving to Omaha from Paris in 1970, Mercer has been an integral part of Omaha's art and food communities.

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