Vera Mercer joined the artistic avant-garde in Paris of the early 1960s; she did portraits of Daniel Spoerri, Marcel Duchamp, Niki de Saint Phalle, and many other artists. // The catalog combines these portraits with her early records of the Paris market halls, and, above all, her recent exuberant still lifes. She creates a magnificently baroque ambiance, meticulously arranging meat, fish, poultry, and vegetables in soft candlelight and classic composing. Mercer was born 1936 in Berlin, Germany, and today lives in Omaha and Paris. // Matthias Harder is chief curator at the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin, Germany.