Painter Carmen Herrera's Sweet Story of Late-Life Success
For today and in honor of the coming holidays, my news blog will be dedicated to good news. And I can't resist sharing this piece of sweetness that caught my eye inThe New York Timesthis morning. At age 94, abstract painter Carmen Herrera, who lives in a Manhattan Union Square loft, is enjoying explosive success within the art world after a very long wait at the proverbial bus stop.
Since that first sale in 2004, collectors have avidly pursued Ms.
Herrera, and her radiantly ascetic paintings have entered the permanent
collections of institutions like the Museum of Modern Art, the
Hirshhorn Museum and the Tate Modern. Last year, MoMA
included her in a pantheon of Latin American artists on exhibition. And
this summer, during a retrospective show in England, The Observer of
London called Ms. Herrera the discovery of the decade, asking, "How can
we have missed these beautiful compositions?" (The New York Times)
Herrera tells writer Deborah Santag that she never thought much of fame–viewing it "a vulgar thing"–but that she only continued to paint as furiously as she did because "it's a compulsion that also gives me pleasure." She also credits her husband, Jesse Loewenthal–described by a colleage to Santag as "an old-world scholar in an elegant three-piece suit"–for giving her the encouragement she needed through the years.
Just something to remind everyone of the true power of love and passion.
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