The acute angle becomes the basic element of her geometric figures. It is monochrome, on a background that can be black or white. All triangles are filled of a unique color. The tip of a triangle touches the tip or side of another. These figures reach the edge of the image without alteration, opening the access to infinity like in Mondrian's compositions.
Beginning in 1959, the most minimalist series of Carmen Herrera's art bears the generic title of Blanco y Verde. The use of the Spanish language is a reminiscence of her Cuban origins. The composition is structured by the horizontal and the vertical which correspond to an edge or the axis of each green triangle. The acute angles are invariant.
Carmen Herrera's minimalist approach has been compared to the art of Ellsworth Kelly or Frank Stella. Despite her efforts to exhibit her work, she was utterly ignored by New York's artistic society until 2008. In 2015, the year of her 100th birthday, a documentary film establishes her rightful place in US abstract art.
A Blanco y Verde painted in 1966, acrylic on canvas 102 x 115 cm staging two horizontal triangles, was sold for $ 2.65M including premium by Phillips on November 15, 2018 over a lower estimate of $ 1M.
On March 1 in New York, Sotheby's sells a 102 x 178 cm painting dated 1966-1967 of the same series and same technique, lot 12 estimated $ 1.5M. The horizontal triangle is complete. It provides the junction on its left with an ascending triangle and on its right with a descending triangle.
SOLD for $ 2.9M including premium