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On Site: Luchita Hurtado’s ‘Together Forever’ with Matt Mullican

Organized in close collaboration with Luchita Hurtado earlier this year, the artist's son and fellow artist Matt Mullican guides us through the intimate exhibition, ‘Together Forever’. On view at Hauser & Wirth New York 22nd Street, the show presents over thirty works from the 1960s through the present day in which Hurtado explored the self and the surrounding world as her primary subject.

‘If it’s not a soul, what do we want to call it? This is what my mom’s depicting in all these self-portraits. It’s not her body. It’s, in a sense, the self behind the eyes. It’s who we are in our bodies, whoever that is, whatever that is, wherever that is, these are the questions.’

Artist Matt Mullican sat down to discuss his mother’s enduring legacy, and to further contextualize some of the works on view. Many of these highly personal artworks – recent paintings of birth along with early works on paper that have remained largely private up to this point – are on view to the public for the first time.

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Matt Mullican at Hauser & Wirth New York, 22nd Street, September 2020
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Luchita Hurtado 'Untitled (Self Portrait)', 1962

‘Luchita Hurtado. Together Forever’ celebrates the various forms of the artist throughout her career and life. Even in the last days of her life, Hurtado continued to experiment and push the boundaries of her own practice.

The artist will be the subject of a forthcoming publication from Hauser & Wirth Publishers due to be released this winter. Illustrated with a rich array of personal photographs from the artist’s archive, the publication will also feature a conversation about Hurtado’s life and work between the artist and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist. ‘Luchita Hurtado. Together Forever’ follows the artist’s first touring survey exhibition ‘I Live I Die I Will Be Reborn’ which originated at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London in 2019 and traveled to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in February 2020.

To visit ‘Luchita Hurtado: Together Forever’, book a timed viewing appointment here.