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  • 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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Untitled (NRW)

Lithograph in red, on Arches paper, the full sheet.
S. 100 x 67.3 cm (39 3/8 x 26 1/2 in.)
Signed and numbered 92/100 in pencil (there were also 10 artist's proofs), published by Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf, on the occasion of their exhibition Lines of Sight, 2 December 2017 - 8 April 2018, unframed.

£2,000 - 3,000 

Sold for £3,250

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London Auction 23 January 2020