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Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight

Sept 16, 2016–Jan 2, 2017

Carmen Herrera (b. 1915), Blanco y Verde, 1959. Acrylic on canvas, 68 1/8 × 60 1/2 in. (173 × 153.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Painting and Sculpture Committee 2014.63 © Carmen Herrera; courtesy Lisson Gallery, London

Carmen Herrera (b. 1915), Blanco y Verde, 1959. Acrylic on canvas, 68 1/8 × 60 1/2 in. (173 × 153.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Painting and Sculpture Committee 2014.63 © Carmen Herrera; courtesy Lisson Gallery, London

Born May 30, 1915, in Havana, Cuba, Carmen Herrera is still actively working, painting every day in her New York studio. This presentation of approximately 50 works spans three decades of Herrera's work, beginning with the early abstractions she made while living in Paris in the years following World War II. During that time Herrera forged a geometric hard-edged style that she has retained to this day, employing a distilled palette of just two or three colors for each composition. The exhibition will include a selection of abstractions from Paris, a rare gathering of her important Blanco y Verde series, as well as a selection of later paintings, drawings, and several of her rare three-dimensional works. The show, Herrera’s first solo museum presentation in New York since the 1998 exhibition at El Museo del Barrio, will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.

This exhibition is organized by Dana Miller, Richard DeMartini Family Curator and Director of the Collection.

Major support for Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight is provided by the Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation and the National Committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Generous support is provided by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Tony Bechara; Tom and Lisa Blumenthal; and The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation.

Additional support is provided by Estrellita and Daniel Brodsky, The Cowles Charitable Trust, Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla, Agnes Gund, Joshua Friedman, the Elizabeth A. Sackler Museum Educational Trust, and an anonymous donor.

Significant endowment support is provided by Lise and Michael Evans and Sueyun and Gene Locks.

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