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Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight

Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight

In conjunction with the debut of the exhibition Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (September 16, 2016 – January 2, 2017), Yale University Press is publishing a companion book that serves as an evaluation of the artist Carmen Herrera’s life and art.

The 101-year-old Herrera, born in Havana, has lived in New York City since the mid-‘50s; having painted for seven decades, it is only of late that her work has been so internationally recognized and delinquently honored. Exploring her career, that includes time in Cuba, France, and New York, the book examines her early studies, her involvement with the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles in post-war Paris, and her innovative output of hard-edge abstraction in New York.

Exploring Herrera’s evolution as an artist, especially shaped by her time in Paris, where she honed her technique to cleaner lines and a reduced palette, a style she continued to evolve stateside, the book speaks to a lifelong dedication to her art. While her male contemporaries such as Frank Stella and Barnett Newman received substantial attention, Herrera quietly continued her work, and it was not until the age of 89 that she sold her first painting; ultimately, museums including MoMA, the Hirschhorn, and Tate Modern began acquiring Herrera’s pieces, which also include sculptural works, which Herrera refers to as “estructuras.”

Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight

Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight

Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight

Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight

Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight

In addition to the 80 works illustrated as color plates, in what is the most extensive representation of Herrera’s work to date, the book includes personal photographs and further material to enrich the record of her life and her life’s work. Lines of Sight was assembled and written by Dana Miller (Richard DeMartini Family Curator and Director of the Collection at the Whitney), with contributions by Serge Lemoine, Gerardo Mosquera, and Edward J. Sullivan, and chronology by Mónica Espinel. 

The book Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight is available for pre-order, to be released in October.

The exhibition Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight at the Whitney Museum of American Art, runs September 16, 2016 through January 2, 2017, and will continue to the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio (February 4 – April 16, 2017).

Images: Whitney Museum of American Art, portrait of Carmen Herrera by Andreas Laszlo Konrath
More at: Yale University Press, Whitney Museum of American Art

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide ’15

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

1. Playtype Notepad, $9; 2. Playsam Mefistofel Racer, $60; 3. Rok Manual Espresso Maker, $200; 4. Strange Invisible Perfumes Musc Botanique, $285; 5. The School of Life Memento Mori Glass Paperweight, $40

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

6. Far North Gustaf Navy Strength Gin, $50; 7. Magnus Nilsson: The Nordic Cookbook, $32; 8. Recomposed By Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons, vinyl, $24; 9. Bella Freud 1970 Candle, $70; 10. Palomino Blackwing 602 Pencils, 12 pack, $22

An Aesthete’s Halloween

Halloween Guide

1. Fendi Monster Sweater, $700; 2. Death’s Door White Whisky, $30; 3. Byredo Apocalyptic Candle, $80; 4. Ghost Lamp by Shiro Kuramata, $5,800; 5. Kenzo Eye Print Slip-On, $210

Halloween Guide

6. Armani Eyes To Kill Eye Pencil, $28; 7. Black Rock Candy Sticks, $15 for 18 pieces; 8. The Row Respo Cape Coat, $3950; 9. Comme des Garçons Wallet, $175; 10. 1970s Brutalist Spider Lamp, $2250

Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

2015 Valentine Gift Guide

Sure, Valentine’s Day is a consumerism-based spectacle that we should all forfeit, but in lieu of disposable, heart-shaped drugstore purchases, a thoughtful gift: be it a lavish candle or a simple home-cooked dinner, should be met with welcome by any lover (or your loveless self).

Here are some ideas that will not disappoint; and if you enjoy spending time in the kitchen, head over to Saveur for a great guide to Valentine’s Day cooking, from breakfast in bed to romantic cocktails.

As for flowers, we’ll talk about that tomorrow . . . 

1. Eating with the Chefs, $60; 2. Nikka Whisky, $40; 3. Fred’s Peppered Peanuts, $38;
4. Japanese Folding Knife, $28; 5. Balmain Silk Hair Perfume, $40; 6. Rodin Lip Balm, $34;
7. Byredo Loveless Candle, $80

A Tale of Plant & Pot: Kohei Oda and Adam Silverman


Oda X Silverman at Chariots on Fire

If you’re in the Los Angeles area this week, be sure to swing by creative studio and boutique Chariots on Fire, in Venice, where a collaboration between plant artist Kohei Oda and LA-based potter Adam Silverman is on display. A Tale of Plant & Pot is a creative collaboration that involves Oda’s full-of-personality specimens aptly complementing Silverman’s ceramic vessels, which take beautiful, unexpected forms and feature peculiar glazing. This exploration of the relationship between plant and pot also serves as a visual conversation between two artists: a potter and a horticulturalist.

Adam Silverman, LA Studio Director at Heath Ceramics, is an acclaimed potter and former architect. His work has been exhibited extensively in the US and Japan, where he has a dedicated following.

At Kohei Oda’s studio in Hiroshima, he composes many of his living sculptures through the practice of tissue grafting, a process that brings two pieces of plant together to grow singularly; the technique is not only an experiment in horticulture, but many of the pieces are salvaged from plants that would be considered imperfect or damaged.

A Tale of Plant & Pot runs through May 7  (extended from May 1) at Chariots on Fire, 1342 1/2 Abbot Kinney.

More at: Chariots on FireKohei OdaAdam Silverman
Images: Chariots on Fire

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