02 Oct Carmen Herrera’s ‘Estructuras’ at Lisson Gallery, New York
by: BLOUIN ARTINFO |
OCTOBER 01, 2018
The dynamic composition of the floor-based “Estructuras” convey movement and rhythm though a careful geometric balance of lines, forms and color.
The first ever large-scale presentation of Cuban-American abstract, minimalist painter Carmen Herrera’s “Estructuras” is on view at Lisson Gallery, New York. “Estructuras” features 12 of Herrera’s sculpted works, as well as sketches and drawings, and marks her seventh show with the gallery.
According to the gallery, based on paintings “really crying out to become sculpture,” Herrera’s “Estructuras” represent a rare break in her insistent planarity and two dimensionality of her paintings.
Herrera began the sketches and preparations for her “Estructuras” (Structures) in the late 1960s, around the same time that key Minimalism sculptors including Carl Andre, Donald Judd and Barnett Newman were early in their exploration of the medium. The artist says, “It became clear to me that the linear elements in my work required a hard surface to integrate structurally the ‘hard edges.’”
“These works marked an important moment in Herrera’s career, wherein the forms move from drawing, to painting, to sculpture, and her meticulous sharp edges are physically manifested. However, upon completion of a group of wooden structures in 1971, the carpenter sadly passed away and Herrera, running low on funding, abandoned the project and returned to painting for the following decades. Azul ‘Tres’, a rare early blue wooden Estructura created in 1971, is included in the exhibition,” a press note on the Lisson Gallery website states.
The exhibition features a selection of new painted aluminum structures – 8 wall works and 4 works which are installed on the floor – furthering the architecturally oriented abstraction into the wider gallery space. The dynamic composition of the floor-based “Estructuras” convey movement and rhythm though a careful geometric balance of lines, forms and color.
Carmen Herrera was born in Havana, Cuba in 1915. She moved frequently between France and Cuba throughout the 1930s and 1940s; having started studying architecture at the Universidad de La Habana, Havana, Cuba (1938–39), she trained at the Art Students League, New York, NY, USA (1942–43), before exhibiting five times at the Salon des Realites Nouvelles, Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France (1949–53). She settled in New York in 1954, where she continues to live and work.
Herrera’s work was the subject of a large-scale survey at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (2017), which traveled to the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio (2017) and Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (K20) in Dusseldorf, Germany (2017–2018).
“Estructuras” is on view through October 27, 2018 at Lisson Gallery, 504 West 24th Street, New York, USA.
For details, visit: https://www.lissongallery.com/
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.
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