ABSTRACT PAINTER CARMEN HERRERA
|Carmen Herrera, photo by Adriana Lopez Sanfeliu |
from the website of Phaidon, publisher of Vitamin P2
LATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Featured in two exhibitions earlier this year: Order, Chaos and the Space Between at the Phoenix Art Museum in Arizona from February 6-May 5, 2013; The Geometric Unconscious: A Century of Abstraction at the Sheldon Museum of Art in Nebraska from October 5, 2012-January 20, 2013
|Carmen Herrera's Blanco y Verde (1960)|
Smithsonian American Art Museum collection
ON GROWING OLD: "(Being 20) is not an easy time. A lot of things are coming to you that you're not ready to absorb. You have to get old and wrinkled and grey-haired before you know what they are talking about."
NO ONE EVER SAID IT WOULD BE EASY: Born in Cuba in 1915, Carmen Herrera moved to New York with her husband Jesse Loewenthal in 1939. After World War II, the couple lived in Paris where Herrera joined a group of abstract painters and started to develop her painting style: minimalist abstracts dominated by straight lines and brilliant colors. Back in New York, she was refused a gallery show because she was a woman. She also suspected that being Cuban didn't help her either. Supported by her husband, who worked as a schoolteacher, she continued to paint, always in the same style for more than 60 years.