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After six decades of very private painting, Ms. Herrera sold her first artwork five years ago, at 89. Since that first sale in 2004, collectors have avidly pursued Ms. Herrera, and her radiantly ascetic paintings have entered the permanent collections of institutions like the Museum of Modern Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and the Tate Modern. Last year, MoMA included her in a pantheon of Latin American artists on exhibition. And this summer, during a retrospective show in England, The Observer of London called Ms. Herrera the discovery of the decade, asking, “How can we have missed these beautiful compositions?”

According to Ms. Herrera, “I do it because I have to do it; it’s a compulsion that also gives me pleasure,” she said of painting. “I never in my life had any idea of money and I thought fame was a very vulgar thing. So I just worked and waited. And at the end of my life, I’m getting a lot of recognition, to my amazement and my pleasure, actually.”

A minimalist whose canvases are geometric distillations of form and color, Ms. Herrera has slowly come to the attention of a subset of art historians over the last decade. Now she is increasingly considered an important figure by those who study her “remarkably monumental, iconic paintings,” said Edward J. Sullivan, a professor of art history at New York University. “Those of us with a passion for either geometric art or Latin American Modernist painting now realize what a pivotal role” Ms. Herrera has played in “the development of geometric abstraction in the Americas,” Mr. Sullivan said.

Content source: New York Times

Carmen Herrera's recent exhibit at the Lisson Gallery was her first solo exhibition in the U.S. in nearly 10 years.
Carmen Herrera’s recent exhibit at the Lisson Gallery was her first solo exhibition in the U.S. in nearly 10 years.





And for listeners who would like to learn more about NYC’s art scene, come join me for a special walking tour !!

Two-Hour UPPER EAST SIDE Gallery Tour
on Saturday, October 15, 2016

Before the Civil War, the area now known as the Upper East Side was a vast swarthy of open land with ramshackle buildings. Like many parts of the City, it eventually developed into a middle class residential community of row houses and tenements. By the turn of the 20th century, luxury mansions, carriage houses and social clubs began dotting the area. This social dynamic kept gallery owners and their wealthy patrons closer together. Then, shortly afterwards, large residential and commercial buildings came into the neighborhood. This all served as the backdrop of the gallery district located in the Upper East Side. Where hidden gems are found upstairs and behind marked doors, nestled within one of the oldest historic districts in NYC. This tour is not just about fine art but also fine living and lifestyle.

Gems Behind Hidden Doors

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