Why the Art World Is Desperately Seeking Forgotten Artists

In May, the painter Carmen Herrera surveyed her first US solo show in a decade at New York’s Lisson Gallery and wept with joy. She had ample reason to. Besides being represented by one of the world’s most important galleries, she had canvases on view in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Hirshhorn, the Tate, as well as an upcoming retrospective at the Whitney (opening September 16).

Not bad for a 101-year-old emerging artist—who sold her first painting at the age of 89.

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