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Carmen Herrera: Estructuras

May 04, 2023 – September 03, 2023

Carmen Herrera: Estructuras

May 4 – September 3, 2023

Five boldly colorful, geometric sculptures by Cuban-born, American artist Carmen Herrera will be featured in Cheekwood’s gardens. It’s an opportunity to celebrate this indomitable woman’s lifelong passion for creating art. Her skyrocketing assent in popularity wasn’t realized until she reached the age of 89 and continued until her passing in 2022 at the age of 106. Her story is an inspiration to everyone confronting the challenges of age and gender.

The sculptures on display at Cheekwood are part of a series collectively entitled Estructuras (Structures.) Begun in the late 1960s, Estructuras were derived from paintings that, according to Herrera, were “really crying out to become sculpture.” Herrera’s work evokes a simultaneous sense of instability and order, encompassing symmetry and asymmetry, shadow and light, all of which convey movement and rhythm through a careful geometric balance of lines, forms, and color, teetering between the solidity of a three-dimensional sculpture and the weightlessness of an ethereal shape lifting off the ground.


Banner Images Left to Right

Carmen Herrera, Estructura Verde, 1966/2018. Acrylic and aluminum, 84 x 147 1/8 x 10 1/2 in. Courtesy Lisson Gallery © Carmen Herrera. Original Photography by Walla Walla Foundry.

Carmen Herrera, Tres (Orange), 1971/2019. Acrylic and aluminum, 84 x 63 x 10 in. Courtesy Lisson Gallery © Carmen Herrera. Original Photography by Walla Walla Foundry.

Carmen Herrera, Angulo Azul, 2017. Acrylic and aluminum, 84 x 120 7/8 x 19 in. Courtesy Lisson Gallery © Carmen Herrera. Original Photography by Jack Hems.

Feature Image

Carmen Herrera, Untitled Estructura (Yellow), 1962/2015. Acrylic and aluminum, 36 1/8 x 48 3/8 x 17 1/4 in. Courtesy Lisson Gallery © Carmen Herrera. Photography by Adam Reich.


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