101-Year-Old Painter Carmen Herrera Earns Two New York Gallery Shows
You know the old saying: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again for 62 years.” That, at least, is how artist Carmen Herrera may remember hearing it. At 101, Herrera is enjoying the first New York gallery showing of her artwork, in a space near the city’s famed High Line.
Herrera, born in Cuba in 1915, enjoyed success in post-war Paris with her abstract work, but a move to the United States in the 1950s brought her career as a painter to a screeching halt.
As NYMag.com wrote, “Despite knowing such Ab-Ex art stars as Willem de Kooning and gallerist and collector Peggy Guggenheim, and being close friends with Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman, she was instantly plunged into oblivion. Her elegantly spare style had nothing in common with Ab-Ex art’s bravado and gesturalism.