A Carmen Herrera Solo Exhibition at the Whitney

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Randy Kennedy recently wrote about today’s opening of Cuban artist Carmen Herrera’s solo exhibition “Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight,” opening today at the Whitney Museum of American Art in Chelsea, New York.

“Don’t do it,” the painter Carmen Herrera recently counseled an interviewer, about turning a century old, which she did last year. “It’s horrible.”

But Ms. Herrera, who was born in Cuba and labored for decades in Paris and New York before finally coming to the art world’s notice, has something this year to chase away thoughts of another birthday. On Friday, Sept. 16, the Whitney Museum of American Art opens “Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight,” her first solo museum exhibition in New York in almost 20 years, focusing on work from 1948 to 1978, when she was finding her signature style: a hard-edged, radiantly colored, vertiginously geometric way of making very little do a lot. Dana Miller, the show’s curator, describes the effect as being less like paint on canvas than “like cuts in space,” an innovation Ms. Herrera shares with painters like Frank Stella and Ellsworth Kelly (though they became famous for their versions 40 years before hers began to enter important public collections). (Through Jan. 2; 212-570-3600, whitney.org.)

A version of this article appears in print on September 11, 2016, on page AR4 of the New York edition with the headline: Art; ‘Like Cuts in Space’.

For original article, see http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/11/arts/design/a-carmen-herrera-solo-exhibition-at-the-whitney.html

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