Thursday May 5, 2016

New York Preview: Carmen Herrera: Recent Works

The artist’s largest show to date inaugurates the new Lisson Gallery space in Chelsea

Carmen Herrera, Morro Castle, 2015, on view at Lisson Gallery.

Photo: Cuban Art News

Today, the Lisson Gallery opens its first permanent exhibition space in New York with Carmen Herrera: Recent Works.

The exhibition comes as something of a birthday gift to Herrera, who celebrates her 101st at the end of the month.

The crowd at the Sunday evening opening for Carmen Herrera: Recent Works in the new Lisson Gallery space.

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All of the show’s works were made in the past twoyears. In their colors, their scale, and the forms they explore, they are remarkably bold works—especially for an artist now in her 100th year.

Carmen Herrera, Red and Blue (triptych), 2014

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While some canvases are 3 x 6 or 4 x 6 feet in dimension, others are much larger, particularly the diptychs and triptychs. There are works that measure as much as 8 feet square, or 6 x 10 feet.

At right, Carmen Herrera, Azul y Negro (triptych), 2014; at left in background, Carmen Herrera, Alba, 2014.

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Carmen Herrera: Recent Works is the artist’s largest show to date—a record that will soon be broken by her upcoming exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, which opens in September. That show will survey Herrera’s career in the decades spanning 1948–1978, and will not include more recent work.  

Carmen Herrera, Alba, 2014

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Here’s a preview of the exhibition. For more photos of the artworks, and the opening reception on Sunday evening, see the photo album on the Cuban Art News Facebook page.

Carmen Herrera, Portal (diptych), 2014

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Carmen Herrera, Blue and White (triptych), 2014

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The exhibition also included a recent sculpture by Herrera.

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Carmen Herrera, Night Forest, 2016

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Carmen Herrera, Normandia, 2014

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Carmen Herrera: Recent Works runs through June 11 at the Lisson Gallery New York.