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Mimi HERBERT
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Mimi Herbert (1936- present) is an American painter and sculptor. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., the Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Gilbert and Lila Silverman Collection, Bloomfield Hills Michigan, the American University, Washington D.C., and in private collections in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Indonesia and El Salvador. She has lived and worked in the USA, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Brazil, El Salvador, Haiti and New Zealand.

She exhibited at Gallery K and at the Henri Gallery in Washington DC until the closing of Henri in the late eighties and the untimely deaths of Gallery K’s owners, Marc Moyens and Komei Wachi in 2003.


Born in 1936, Mimi's family experienced war and uncertainty which inspired a fascination with the American flag as an image for sculpture. She has been creating flag sculptures along with drawings, prints, and other sculptural images since the 1970's. Her complex sculptures are formed by heating sheets of acrylic to a precise temperature, then quickly twisting and folding them before they cool and solidify. With only thirty to forty seconds to sculpt her compositions, Herbert relies heavily of preliminary sketches and paper models to simulate responding to the material's exigences during the crucial moments of creation.

In 2002 the Smithsonian National Museum of American History acquired her “Tribute” sculptures created in the wake of the tragedy of 9/11. She was honored to be the single artist in the Museum’s Memorial Exhibition.

She was commissioned to create an 175 foot Bicentennial Pennant sculpture which spanned the facade of the the 17th street facade of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.
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