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New in the Galleries: 101-year-old Cuban artist Carmen Herrera explores the possibilities of geometric abstraction in her painting “Beacon II” (2016). Though this work’s crisp lines and contrasting planes of color might seem simple, Herrera, who trained as an architect at the Universidad de la Habana, creates the illusion of depth by converging the red triangles just off the center of the canvas. This contradiction between flatness and depth creates a spatial tension that allows Herrera to challenge the geometry of her canvas.  

“Beacon II,” 2016, by Carmen Herrera (Promised gift of Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman)

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Why ‘Planet Earth II’ is required viewing now more than ever

  • Since the last Planet Earth series aired, we’ve had to face a tremendous amount of discouraging news on the environmental front.
  • We’ve seen several international climate-change accords come and go without much consequence;
  • We’ve lived through three of the hottest years on record back-to-back-to-back
  • And we’re witnessing the rise of a president who believes climate change — alongside his tie line — is manufactured in China.
  • The stakes have been raised, and the tone of Planet Earth II has taken on a gravity to match them. Read more

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