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  • ICAA Record ID
    801516
    AUTHOR
    Herrera, Carmen, 1915-
    TITLE
    Herrera
    IN
    Outside Cuba : Contemporary Cuban Visual Artists = Fuera de Cuba : Artistas Cubanos Contemporáneos. --  [New Brunswick] : Office of Hispanic Arts, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey ; [Coral Gables] : Research Institute for Cuban Studies, Graduate School of International Studies, University of Miami, Florida,s, 1988.
    DESCRIPTION
    p. [104]
    LANGUAGES
    English; Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Artists’ Statement
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Herrera, Carmen. "Herrera." In Outside Cuba : Contemporary Cuban Visual Artists = Fuera de Cuba : Artistas Cubanos Contemporáneos, [104]. Exh. cat., [New Brunswick] : Office of Hispanic Arts, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey ; [Coral Gables] : Research Institute for Cuban Studies, Graduate School of International Studies, University of Miami, Florida,s, 1988.
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Synopsis

In this artist statement, Cuban-born painter Carmen Herrera begins by recounting her training at the Montessori School in Havana, the San Alejandro Academy in Havana, and her studies of architecture at the Universidad de la Habana. Though the artist did not complete her study of architecture, Herrera states she is grateful since it would have interfered with her painting. Although she has spent many years living abroad (Herrera was close to Barnett Newman and his circle) she still considers herself a Cuban painter and her work a continuation of Amelia Peláez’s œuvre.

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Carmen Herrera is the oldest living Cuban-American artist, who after living in Paris and developing a personal version of Hard-Edge Abstraction, moved to New York in the 1950s and became a pioneer of such a visual language to the extent that her art received recognition. This artist’s statement appears alongside images of Herrera’s work in the exhibition catalogue, Outside Cuba: Contemporary Cuban Visual Artists. The statement is excerpted from oral histories taken by exhibition co-curators, Inverna Lockpez and Ricardo Viera, in 1986. This traveling exhibition is the first major show of contemporary Cuban artists (with a focus on the art of Cubans living outside of the island since 1959 and specifically Cuban-Americans) since the 1944 Museum of Modern Art exhibition Modern Cuban Painters in New York. The exhibition catalogue contains essays by Cuban-American writers, Ricardo Pau-Llosa and Ileana Fuentes-Perez, numerous artists’ statements, and brief biographies of the forty-eight exhibition artists.  

Researcher
Juan A. Martínez
Team
Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA
Credit
Courtesy of the private archives of Carmen Herrera, New York, NY.
Courtesy of Dennis Benson, New Brunswick, NJ