Carmen Herrera - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Wednesday, November 16, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Lisson Gallery, New York
    Walker Art Center, Avant Garden Auction, September 12, 2016
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Artist Biography

    Carmen Herrera

    Cuban / American • 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.

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Property from an Important Private American Collection

164

Untitled

signed and dated "Carmen Herrera 2011" lower right
acrylic and pencil on paper
27 1/2 x 19 5/8 in. (69.9 x 49.8 cm)
Executed in 2011.

Estimate
$50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for $75,600

Contact Specialist

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 16 November 2022