With an expressive composition of interwoven shapes in black, red and orange, Carmen Herrera’s Iberic (1949) oscillates between the geometric and the organic. Herrera painted this work during a formative period in Paris between 1948 and 1954, when she experimented with different modes of abstraction informed by the European avant-gardes, from Suprematism to the Bauhaus. Continue reading Modern Art Monday Presents: Carmen Herrera, Iberic
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Carmen Herrera Estructuras Monumentales in City Hall Park
Cuban American Geometrical Abstract painter Carmen Herrera (b. 1915, Havana) waited a very long time to get her hard-earned props from the art world. The artist’s first career retrospective, 2016– 2017 Lines Of Sight at New York City’s Whitney Museum finally provided a showcase for her minimalist, color field paintings, alongside a selection of her geometric, monochromatic sculptures — which she simply calls Estructuras (Structures). While it’s disappointing to realize that, at 104 years of age, Carmen Herrera isn’t quite a household name, the NYC-based Public Art Fund is doing its part to expose her works to a wider audience by sponsoring Estructuras Monumentales, Herrera’s first major exhibition of outdoor sculptures, which are currently on view in City Hall Park. This park is a short walk from my office, to so I walked over on my lunch hour to check it out. Continue reading Carmen Herrera Estructuras Monumentales in City Hall Park
Pink Thing of The Day: Shocking Pink By Carmen Herrera
Shocking Pink (1949) By Carmen Herrera is your Pink Thing of the Day, not because it is an all-pink thing, but because of its lively title!
Herrera is a 101-year-old Cuban American artist who has a retrospective of her work, Lines of Sight, up at the Whitney Museum in NYC through January 9th, 2017, if you want to see more of her amazing paintings and sculptures.
Carmen Herrera, Lines of Sight at The Whitney Museum
Installation View (All Photos By Gail)
Most of the better-known artists of the Geometric Abstraction school of art — such as Josef Albers, Ellsworth Kelly, Kenneth Noland, and Frank Stella — are men; but that doesn’t mean there were no equally talented women artists working alongside these giants, just because we don’t know about them. Continue reading Carmen Herrera, Lines of Sight at The Whitney Museum