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Born in Havana, Carmen Herrera enrolled at the Universidad de la Habana in 1938 to study architecture while she was in her early twenties. In 1939 she met and married a visiting American teacher, Jesse Loewenthal. She then abandoned her studies and moved with him to New York City. There, Herrera attended the Art Students League from 1943 to 1947; during this time, Abstract Expressionism was at its apogee. The following year, Herrera moved to Paris to take advantage of the rebuilding environment of postwar Europe. While in Paris, Herrera participated in the historical group exhibitions of the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, from 1949 to 1953. She returned in 1954 to New York City, where her work was considered part of the development of hard-edge abstraction (or Geometric Minimalism). By the late 1960s, Herrera had been awarded two fellowships from the Cintas Foundation, and by the end of the 1970s, she was given a grant by the Creative Artists Public Service. Remarkably, in 2004 and at eighty-nine years old, Herrera experienced a transformative breakthrough in the art market, when her works began commanding record prices at auction. Untitled (Black and White) showcases Herrera’s enduring ability to achieve visual harmony through chromatic planes, symmetry, and pure abstraction.

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This will be Lot #14 in the Live Auction.

Untitled (Black and White), 2012
Lot Number 14
Acrylic, black gesso on paper
25 x 36.75 in (63.5 x 93.35 cm)

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Carmen Herrera
Untitled (Black and White)
  • Dimensions
    25 x 36.75 in (63.5 x 93.35 cm)