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Carmen Herrera: Color and Form
Carmen Herrera: Color and Form
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Carmen Herrera explores geometric shapes and the relationship between color and form. Since her first collaboration with ULAE in 2017, she has continued to create vibrant color and crisp lines in the form of lithography, intaglio, and most recently aquatint with chine collé.
An American-Cuban Minimalist artist, Carmen Herrera received acclaim much later in life, but is now considered a central figure in geometric abstraction. "My quest is for the simplest of pictorial resolutions," states Herrera, who is nearing her 105th birthday.
In her newest edition, Herrera returns to her exploration of circular imagery. She has always been curious and challenged by the painting in the round. It appealed to her as early as 1948 - and has been a recurring, if sporadic, theme throughout her career. A circular shape may seem ironic by someone who has been so enamored with the straight line, but she has said the round canvas is a demanding stage and she loves the daring element it offers a painter.
In this selection of prints, comprising both triptychs and individual limited editions, Herrera pulls from the visual imagery of her sculptures and paintings over the last five decades. She never ceases to captivate the eye and inspire.
Image: Carmen Herrera Untitled (detail), 2018
My quest is for the simplest of pictorial resolutions.
Carmen Herrera in her studio with Untitled, 2018
Printing Equilibrio in the ULAE studio
Carmen Herrera was born in Havana, Cuba in 1915. She moved frequently between France and Cuba throughout the 1930s and 1940s; having started studying architecture at the Universidad de La Habana, Havana, Cuba (1938–39), she trained at the Art Students League, New York, NY, USA (1942–43), before exhibiting five times at the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France (1949–53). She settled in New York in 1954, where she continues to live and work. Herrera’s paintings were the subject of a large-scale survey at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, USA (September 2016—January 2017) and prior to this, a selection of Herrera's recent paintings inaugurated Lisson Gallery's recently-opened New York exhibition space (2016). She has also had solo exhibitions at Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern, Kaiserslautern, Germany (2010); Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK (2009); and Museo del Barrio, New York City, USA (1998). She has been included in the group shows 'Post War: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic 1945-1965', Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2016); ‘Order, Chaos and the Space Between’, Phoenix Museum of Art, Arizona, USA (2013); and ‘The Geometric Unconscious: A Century of Abstraction’, Sheldon Museum of Art, Nebraska, USA (2012). She was awarded two fellowships from the Cintas Foundation, New York, USA (1966–68) and a grant by the Creative Artists Public Service, New York, USA (1977). Her work is in numerous public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA; the Tate Collection, London, UK; the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC, USA; The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC, USA; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA; and the Pérez Art Museum, Miami, FL, USA.