Arturo Herrera

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Born: 1959; Caracas, Venezuela

Studio: Berlin, Germany, and New York, USA

University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA;
University of Illinois, Chicago, USA

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"Paradoxically, Arturo Herrera's work is instantly recognisable, despite (or perhaps because of) the apparent sublimation of the artist's own hand in favour of the copied, cut and collaged marks of other image-makers. He speaks the language of others with such eloquence that his every mark seems to meld into a collective visual subconscious."

Elizabeth Fisher, 'Free wheeling, Arturo Herrera'; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 2007, p.14

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Herrara's solo exhibitions include Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York (2014); Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2007); Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2005); 'Before We Leave', Whitney Museum of Art, New York (2001); Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva (2000).

Selected group exhibitions include 11th Biennale de Lyon, France (2011); Contemporary Drawings Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2009); 24th Bienal De São Paolo (2004); Whitney Biennal, New York (2002); 'The Americans', Barbican Centre, London (1999).

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In recent years, Herrera has experimented with prefabrication and permutation. For some recent large-scale collages, the artist commissioned an illustrator to produce images of a dwarf and a boy playing an accordion. Herrera made abstract drawings from each, painstakingly manipulating the images to obscure the original by varying degrees and recombining the fragments with abstract shapes and blocks of colour, thus expanding the vocabulary of collage beyond ideas of ‘cut and paste’. We may identify a familiar outline or contour of the appropriated imagery, stripped down to something almost indistinguishable, as we are ultimately confronted by powerful abstraction.

Herrera's work is represented in many major American institutions, along with Tate Modern, London, and Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain. He has held numerous fellowships, most recently The Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, New York (2005).

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