Carmen Herrera

Carmen Herrera, The 1970s: Part 2 is Lisson Gallery’s debut exhibition in Los Angeles.

The exhibition features Herrera’s Days of the Week series and is the second part of a presentation focused on her work from the 1970s, following Part 1 that was on view in New York in May 2022. Herrera participated in the planning of the two-part exhibition before she passed away at the age of 106 in February 2022.

The exhibition runs until June 10, 2023.

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 Réalités Nouvelles, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France (1949–53). She settled in New York in 1954, where she lived and worked until her death in 2022. 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 Düsseldorf, Germany (2017–2018). A selection of Herrera’s recent paintings and Estructuras inaugurated Lisson Gallery New York’s 24th Street exhibition space in May 2016. The last two years were marked by two major mural commissions for the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, TX and the Publicolor Community Museum for the Manhattan East School of Arts in Harlem, NY.

"Angulo Amarillo", 2017
Angulo Amarillo

Acrylic and aluminum

84 x 120 7/8 x 19 inches
© Carmen Herrera, Courtesy Lisson Gallery

2017© Carmen Herrera, Courtesy Lisson Gallery

"Sunday", 1978

Acrylic on Canvas

64 x 42 inches
© Carmen Herrera, Courtesy Lisson Gallery

1978© Carmen Herrera, Courtesy Lisson Gallery

Friday", 1978


Acrylic on Canvas
62 x 42 inches
© Carmen Herrera, Courtesy Lisson Gallery

1978© Carmen Herrera, Courtesy Lisson Gallery

"Blue Monday", 1972
Blue Monday

Acrylic on Canvas

42 x 70 inches
© Carmen Herrera, Courtesy Lisson Gallery

1972© Carmen Herrera, Courtesy Lisson Gallery