Working and Waiting and Inspiring
Finally, photographer Barbara Crane, who has been working prodigiously for 6o years, is getting due recognition. Barbara Crane: Challenging Vision curated by Ken Burkhart is at the Chicago Cultural Center until January 10, 2010. Director of Visual Arts for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs Gregory Knight writes, "From the beginning, she has forged her own path of photographic invention, often as the lone woman in a male dominated world."
Meanwhile, the Cuban-born artist Carmen Herrera who after six decades of very private painting, sold her first artwork five years ago at the the age of 89, and is being called the hot new thing in painting. "I do it because I have to do it: it's a compulsion, that also gives me pleasure," she said of painting… "I thought fame was a very vulgar thing. So I just worked and waited." Recognition came after her husband, Jesse's death in 2000. "Everybody says Jesse must have orchestrated this from above," Ms. Herrera said shaking her head. "Yeah right, Jesse on a cloud." She added: "I worked really hard. Maybe it was me."
We know it was.