Carmen Herrera: 拍賣品,即將舉行的拍賣及過去拍賣成績

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Carmen Herrera

Cuban / American  •  b. 1915


At the age of 101, Carmen Herrera is finally receiving long-deserved recognition for her arresting, hard-edge geometric compositions. Born in Cuba in 1915, Herrera has spent most of her life outside the island, permanently settling in New York in the mid-1950s. Herrera was formally trained as an architect at the Universidad de la Habana, and later completed studies at the Art Students League in New York from 1943 to 1945. During this time she became acquainted with key figures of postwar abstraction including Barnett Newman, whose work undoubtedly influenced Herrera's minimalist aesthetic.

Herrera's work is chiefly concerned with formal simplicity and experimentation with bold color. Through the use of sharp lines and stark color contrasts, she creates dynamic and technically sophisticated compositions that reflect movement, balance and symmetry.


  • Phillips set a new auction record for Carmen Herrera when Untitled (Orange and Black), 1956 sold for $1,179,000 in the November 2017 New York Evening Sale of 20th Century & Contemporary Art. Phillips previously held the auction record for this artist when her 1965 work Basque sold for $437,000, more than three times the low estimate.

  • Carmen Herrera sold her first artwork at the age of 89 and has been celebrated with a retrospective at the Whitney Museum of Art, New York in 2016 at age 101.

  • Her work is in numerous important collections and museums including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum, New York, the Tate Modern, London, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C. and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

"I began a lifelong process of purification, a process of taking away what isn't essential."

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