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Carmen Herrera

Cuban / American  •  b. 1915


Carmen Herrera is finally receiving long-deserved recognition for her arresting, hard-edge geometric compositions. Born in Havana in 1915, Herrera spent much of the 1930s and 1940s between Paris and Cuba before settling permanently in New York in 1954. Initially trained as an architect at the Universidad de la Habana, Herrera later studied at the Art Students League in New York City from 1943 to 1947. She received recognition for her artistic accomplishments in postwar Paris, exhibiting alongside Theo van Doesburg, Max Bill, and Piet Mondrian, but was long overlooked upon her return to the male-dominated New York art world. Despite breaking ground simultaneously with her peers, Barnett Newman and Leon Polk Smith, Herrera was often sidelined as a woman and a Latin American artist.

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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