Arturo Herrera Untitled, 2002. Wool felt. 84 X 44 inches. Copyright of the artist/ Image courtesy of the Linda Pace Foundation
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Arturo Herrera’s work challenges the laws of space and memory through the distortion of the known. Transforming imagery of popular characters from children’s books and cartoons through the process of color, destruction, and reconfiguration, Herrera converges fragmentation of personal history with abstract form. His work commands attention of discovery and one’s own interpretation.
The story of this exhibition begins when Arturo Herrera was invited to join the Artpace’s International Artist-in-Residence in 1999-2000 by the curatorial panel of Dan Cameron, Annette DiMeo Carlozzi, Amada Cruz, Kellie Jones, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, and Nancy Rubins. Linda Pace immediately responded and collected eight pivotal works from 1998-2002, all of which are included in this exhibition. The first being the most provocative – Untitled (BLUE) 1998 – which stands only 16 inches high but has the breadth of 20 ft monolith. Working in all scales, Herrera’s use of form, color and materiality transcends the actuality of space.
Referencing the works in the Linda Pace Collection, Arturo Herrera selected works created between 2009-2011 which have a contiguous relationship to the works in the Collection. Herrera’s selection can almost been seen like a staircase of time exemplifying his expansion of process, imagery, materiality, collage, and ideas.
Herrera previously has had solo shows at Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva; Dia Center for the Arts, New York; Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Renaissance Society, Chicago; and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, among others. His work appeared in the Whitney Biennial (2002) and Herrera is a Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Fellowship recipient. He is currently represented by Sikkema Jenkins in New York. The Venezuelan-born artist now lives and works in New York and Berlin.
On behalf of the Trustees of the Linda Pace Foundation, I would like to acknowledge and give thanks to Amada Cruz of Artpace and Michael Jenkins of Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
Guest Curator and Interim Program Director