Carmen Herrera - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, June 29, 2022 | Phillips

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  • 'I began a lifelong process of purification, a process of taking away what isn’t essential.' —Carmen Herrera

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    • Description

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    • Provenance

      Lisson Gallery, London
      Private Collection, Europe

    • Exhibited

      Belgium, Foundation de 11 Lijnen, Liberated Subjects: Pioneers, 12 October 2014 – 24 January 2015, p. 74 (illustrated, pp. 75, 146, 154)

    • 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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143

Untitled

signed and dated 'Carmen Herrera 2012' lower right
acrylic and graphite on paper
70 x 100 cm (27 1/2 x 39 3/8 in.)
Executed in 2012.

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Estimate
£50,000 - 70,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 29 June 2022