Kaari Upson

American, born 1972

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Kaari Upson

American, born 1972

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The majority of Kaari Upson’s career has been devoted to a single, multifarious series titled “The Larry Project” (2007–). “Larry” is the fictitious name Upson assigned to her parents’ neighbor, whose possessions she salvaged when his house burned down. Larry’s large trove of personal mementos—which included photographs, journals, and pornography—became the raw material or reference for Upson’s paintings, installations, performances, and films. She originally hoped to explore his psychological state of mind, but quickly realized, “I was using him as a mirror back on myself.” Though she hasn’t figured out “an exit strategy” for the project, Upson recently began a new monumental series: “Sleep with the Key” (2013) is comprised of silicon replicas of discarded mattresses Upson finds in L.A.—a reference the artist’s recent experience being bedridden with illness.

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New Museum, and 1 more
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Whitney Museum of American Art, and 4 more
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Artforum, and 3 more
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Biography

The majority of Kaari Upson’s career has been devoted to a single, multifarious series titled “The Larry Project” (2007–). “Larry” is the fictitious name Upson assigned to her parents’ neighbor, whose possessions she salvaged when his house burned down. Larry’s large trove of personal mementos—which included photographs, journals, and pornography—became the raw material or reference for Upson’s paintings, installations, performances, and films. She originally hoped to explore his psychological state of mind, but quickly realized, “I was using him as a mirror back on myself.” Though she hasn’t figured out “an exit strategy” for the project, Upson recently began a new monumental series: “Sleep with the Key” (2013) is comprised of silicon replicas of discarded mattresses Upson finds in L.A.—a reference the artist’s recent experience being bedridden with illness.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
user
Solo show at a major institution
New Museum, and 1 more
group
Group show at a major institution
Whitney Museum of American Art, and 4 more
Instituion
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Kaari Upson
Why Video Is the Art Form of the Moment
Nov 27th, 2019
The 2017 Whitney Biennial Is a Pitch-Perfect Survey of Art Today
Mar 14th, 2017
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