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Ursula: Issue 2 Spring 2019

The second issue of Ursula features a cover conversation between Luchita Hurtado and Andrea Bowers that delves into contemporary politics, first-wave feminism, the environmental perils facing the planet, the painterly pleasures of color and 20th century art history (a good portion of which Hurtado, 98, has experienced firsthand).

The issue also includes hand-drawn archival letters between Dieter Roth and Dorothy Iannone, partners in art, love and life; a comic essay by Jenny Jaskey about navigating the shoals of class in the art world while working as a cocktail waitress; an ode to the singular life of Sister Wendy Beckett, art nun to the world, by Linda Yablonsky; an interview by Bill Powers with the late Glenn O’Brien about the life and work of the renegade artist Dash Snow; an essay by Jori Finkel about the deep Los Angeles DNA of the artist Kaari Upson; and a look back on the long, perilous career of Don McCullin, one of Britain’s most celebrated living photographers.

Ursula is a quarterly art magazine from Hauser & Wirth featuring essays, profiles, interviews, original portfolios, and photography by some of the most thought-provoking writers and artists in the world. Ursula takes its name from the internationally admired co-founder of the gallery: patron, collector, mentor, and art world mater familias Ursula Hauser.


  • Spring 2019

Stories In This Issue

Available online now: Issue 2

For your isolation reading, Hauser & Wirth is very happy to make every page from the first year’s issues of Ursula Magazine available now, free, online. From our very first cover—a timely conversation between the activist Linda Goode Bryant and her longtime friend, the artist Senga Nengudi, with a cover portrait by Lorna Simpson—we’ve been publishing deep reads by deep thinkers and world-class artists.

The Painter and the Planetarian: Luchita Hurtado

In January, Hurtado—whose most recent work has turned intently to nature, revolving around the threat of climate change and environmental degradation—invited the Los Angeles artist and activist Andrea Bowers to her studio for a wide-ranging conversation.

I Don’t Believe in Masterpieces Anyway
Glenn O’Brien on Dash Snow

‘Glenn was an unspoken mentor. If I was working on a new project and he thought it was cool, that was all the validation I needed. So when I began doing interviews for an oral history of the late Dash Snow, I knew Glenn would have the culture to contextualize what Dash had meant to early 21st century art.’ – Bill Powers

Remembering Sister Wendy Beckett

Celebrated for her articulate, candid art criticism, Sister Wendy Beckett emerged into the public eye from a life of devout solitude with a run of endearing BBC programming in the 1990s on which she examined art history and applauded artists who pushed boundaries.

Home Is Where One Starts From

A look back on the long, perilous career of Don McCullin, one of Britain’s most celebrated living photographers, on the occasion of his retrospective at the Tate.