Born in Maiquetía, Venezuela, in 1920, Luchita Hurtado dedicated over eighty years of her extensive oeuvre to the investigation of universality and transcendence. Developing her artistic vocabulary through a coalescence of abstraction, mysticism, corporality and landscape, the breadth of her experimentation with unconventional techniques, materials and styles speak to the multicultural and experiential contexts that shaped her life and career. Hurtado emigrated to the United States in 1928, settling in New York where she attended classes at the Art Students League. She relocated to Mexico City in the late 1940s and then moved to San Francisco Bay in the following decade. Eventually, Hurtado settled in Santa Monica, California and frequently visited her second home in Taos, New Mexico.
Although she associated with a vast network of internationally renowned artists and intellectuals, including members of the Dynaton, the Mexican muralists, and the Surrealists, Hurtado’s practice had always remained an independent pursuit. Her body of work cohered through an examination of self-affirmation, introduced in her early period from the 1940s to the 1960s. This output was defined by surrealist figuration, biomorphism and geometric abstraction, executed in brightly hued palettes with striking expressive range. Hurtado’s work continued to evolve throughout the 1960s and 1970s, demonstrating a fluid shift towards representative figuration that led to a production of contemplative self-portraits known as her ‘I Am’ paintings. Asserting her presence through a personal perspective of the body — rendered from above at skewed angles — Hurtado coalesced the viewer’s gaze with hers, utilizing the unexpected position of the floor as a backdrop and juxtaposing soft corporeal lines against the hard-edge geometric patterns of the environments beneath her. This series was followed by a group of surrealist ‘Body Landscapes’, in which human figures assume the form of mountains and desert sand dunes, as well as Hurtado’s late 1970s ‘Sky Skin’ series, where feathers weightlessly float in bright blue skies. The works from this period were informed by Hurtado’s newly reinforced feminist ideals and involvement with the Los Angeles Council of Women Artists. Many members of this group would later form the Woman’s Building in Los Angeles, where the Hurtado’s first solo exhibition was hosted in 1974.
In more recent years, Hurtado continued to explore themes of language and nature with her work, focusing on the planet, natural elements, and the environment in recognition of the urgency of the ecological crisis. These works function as symbolic proxies and intimate meditations on the Earth as mystic progenitor, underscoring the interconnectedness between corporeality and the natural world.
In 2019, Hurtado was listed in TIME 100’s most influential people and received the Americans for the Arts Carolyn Clark Powers Lifetime Achievement Award. Hurtado’s first solo museum exhibition, ‘I Live I Die I Will Be Reborn’, opened at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London in 2019 when the artist was 98 years old. The exhibition then travelled to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in February 2020.
Hauser & Wirth, 'Just Down the Street', Zurich, Switzerland
LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 'I Live I Die I Will Be Reborn', Los Angeles CA (Travelling Exhibition)
Hauser & Wirth, ‘Dark Years’, New York NY
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 'Women Painting Women', Forth Worth TX
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California, 'New Time: Art and Feminisms in the 21st Century', Berkeley CA
carlier | gebauer, 'The Youngest Day', cur. Mathew Hale, Berlin, Germany
Peter Freeman, Inc., 'Eye to Eye', cur. Katie Rashid, New York NY
Centre Pompidou-Metz, 'Arcimboldo Face to Face', Metz, France
Kasmin Gallery, ‘Valley of Gold. Southern California and the Phantasmagoric’, New York NY
Hauser & Wirth, ‘Material Actions’, St. Moritz, Switzerland
LY, ‘TOTEMISTS’, org. Marie Heilich, Los Angeles CA
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, ‘Summer Nocturne. Works on Paper from the 1970s’, Santa Barbara CA
Matthew Marks Gallery, ‘Painting. Now and Forever, Part III’, New York NY
The Gallery @ Michael’s, Santa Monica CA
Hannah Hoffman Gallery, ‘Gallery Share’, Los Angeles CA
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, ‘Luchita Hurtado in Conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist’, Los Angeles CA
Lehrer-Graiwer, Sarah, ‘Luchita Hurtado. Dark Years’, New York: Hauser & Wirth Publishers, 2019, ill. (exh. cat)
Artist’s Books & Writings
Kamien-Kazhdan, Adina (ed.), ‘Bodyscapes’, Jerusalem: The Israel Museum, 2020 (exh. cat.)
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___, 'A Tree is a Relative, a Cousin', on: theparisreview.org, 3 September 2020, ill.
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___, 'Reading Rämistrasse #4: Daniel Baumann zu Luchita Hurtado bei Hauser & Wirth', on: kunsthallezurich.ch, 18 June 2020, ill.
Perry Barlo, 'Luchita Hurtado - Just Down the Street', on: paris-la.com, 20 May 2020, ill.
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Almino, Elisa Wouk, 'Luchita Hurtado’s Persistent Perspective', on: nybooks.com, 16 May 2020, ill.
Wise, Louis, 'She was a friend of Kahlo and Duchamp. And now we've realised Luchita Hurtado made gorgeous art too' [interview], in: The Sunday Times, Culture, London, 3 May 2020, ill.
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___, 'Hier entsteht echte Kreativität', in: SonntagsZeitung, Zurich, 29 March 2020
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Borcherdt, Gesine, 'Meine "Kunst war immer da"', in: Welt am Sonntag, Berlin, 15 March 2020
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Join us for the opening reception of our brand new exhibitions ‘Larry Bell. New Work’ and ‘Luchita Hurtado’ at Hauser & Wirth London. One of the most renowned and influential artists to emerge from the Los Angeles art scene of the 1960s, Larry Bell presents brand-new…
In an extensive eighty-year career spanning various artistic movements and styles, Venezuela-born, Los Angeles-based artist Luchita Hurtado has dedicated her practice to investigating the interconnectedness of the natural world, the cosmos and the environment. Join us for the opening reception of her inaugural presentation at Hauser…