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Carmen Herrera, Untitled, 2012, acrylic and pencil on paper, 27 1/2 x 39 3/8".

Carmen Herrera

Lisson Gallery | Milan

Carmen Herrera, Untitled, 2012, acrylic and pencil on paper, 27 1/2 x 39 3/8".

The combinatorial possibilities of flat geometric shapes are nearly infinite. Over the course of her long career, Carmen Herrera has filled thousands of sheets of tracing paper, drawing innumerable variations based on mathematical logic. This Cuban-American artist, who has been painting since the 1930s but attained wide recognition only in the last decade, transposes onto the larger dimensions of canvas those compositions that, among so many examples, respond to her desire to attain an ideal balance and represent the solution to a problem she poses. She made a few paintings on paper in the mid-’60s and then stopped. She started making paintings on paper again in 2009.

In these recent works, the composition does not occupy the entire surface of the sheet. A rectangular frame of smaller dimensions, drawn sometimes in pencil and sometimes in paint, establishes the boundaries of the

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