Carmen Herrera

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Carmen Herrera
artist's name: Carmen Herrera
preferred medium: painting
genre: Minimal Art
nationality: CU
born: 1915
born in: Havana
lives in: New York
artist's / gallery's website: Carmen Herrera

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Carmen Herrera - Profile

 Core to Carmen Herrera’s painting is a drive for formal simplicity and a striking sense of colour: “My quest”, she says, “is for the simplest of pictorial resolutions” (2012). A master of crisp lines and contrasting chromatic planes, Herrera creates symmetry, asymmetry and an infinite variety of movement, rhythm and spatial tension across the canvas with the most unobtrusive application of paint. As she moved towards pure, geometric abstraction in the post-war years in Paris, she exhibited alongside Theo van Doesburg, Max Bill and Piet Mondrian and a younger generation of Latin American artists, such as members of the Venezuelan Los Disidentes, Brazilian Concretists and the Argentinian Grupo Madi. Her work also chimed with painters from the US school such as Barnett Newman, Leon Polk Smith and Ellsworth Kelly. Reflecting on this period, she says, “I began a lifelong process of purification, a process of taking away what isn’t essential” (2005). While allied with Latin American non-representational concrete painting, Herrera’s body of work has established, quietly but steadily, a cross-cultural dialogue within the international history of modernist abstraction. (Lisson Gallery)

10 important exhibitions with Carmen Herrera

Exhibition Exhibitor City Country Start date
Carmen Herrera – Lines of Sight K20 KUNSTSAMMLUNG NRW Düsseldorf DE 02.12.2017
Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950 Walker Art Center Minneapolis US 11.11.2017
Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950 MFAH - Museum of Fine Arts Houston Houston US 05.03.2017
Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight Whitney Museum of American Art New York US 16.09.2016
America Is Hard to See Whitney Museum of American Art New York US 01.05.2015
Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art Smithsonian American Art Museum Washington US 23.10.2013
Carmen Herrera Arratia Beer Berlin DE 24.03.2011
Vibración. Moderne Kunst aus Lateinamerika Bundeskunsthalle Bonn DE 17.09.2010
Untitled 5x6x9 Berlin DE 17.04.2010
New Perspectives in Latin American Art, 1930-2006 MoMA - Museum of Modern Art New York US 21.11.2007
La Presencia - The Presence of Latin American Art in California Collections Molaa Museum of Latin American Art Long Beach US 09.06.2007
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galleries representing Carmen Herrera:

Lisson Gallery

10 important collections, in which Carmen Herrera is represented:

Tate Britain Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation - cifo

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