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View of the exhibition Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight. Courtesy of Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen.
 


View of the exhibition Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight. Courtesy of Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen.
 


View of the exhibition Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight. Courtesy of Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen.
 

 
Exhibition
Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight
December 2, 2017 ? April 8, 2018

17/January/2018



Berlin, Germany


On December 2 of 2017, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Berlin inaugurated the exhibition titled "Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight" featuring works created between 1947 and 2017 by the New York-based Cuban artist.  The most comprehensive retrospective exhibition ever presented on the work by Herrera, it includes paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. It was originally organized by the Whitney Museum of Art and has been expanded for Berlin.


Herrera, who is 102 years old, is one of the pioneers of minimalist geometric abstraction in the United States. After having been ignored as an artist for most of her life, she sold one of her works for the first time at the age of 89.


Carmen Herrera was born in Havana in 1915. She moved to New York in 1939 after marrying US-born English teacher Jesse Loewenthal. In New York, she studied painting at the Art Students League in 1942 and 1943. A friend of Barnett Newman, she was surrounded by Abstract Expressionist artists during the beginning of that art movement. From 1948 to 1957, Herrera and her husband lived in Paris. In 1949, she became a member of the group Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, where she met Sonia Delaunay, among others, and entered into contact with the most important artistic and literary circles of the postwar. In 1952, she produced her first geometrically radical abstractions, including a series of black-and-white striped paintings.


In 1954, the couple returned to New York, where Herrera created the "White and Green" series (1959-1971) and where she has lived ever since.


 





 


 

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