Luchita Hurtado

I Live I Die I Will Be Reborn

Throughout her career, Hurtado has created an extensive body of paintings, drawings and prints that bear witness to a dedicated and intense engagement with the world around her. This is the first comprehensive and fully-illustrated publication on the artist’s practice, which follows the trajectory of her work through a selection of newly-commissioned texts and images of all works in the exhibition.

Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer has written a contextual survey of the artist’s career and its unique course; artist Andrea Bowers has written a text on ‘The Equanimity of Luchita Hurtado’; Hurtado’s son, artist Matt Mullican, has written a series of short vignettes about his mother, whilst Barbara Stauffacher Solomon has provided a written response to an archival photograph, attesting to a lifelong friendship with Hurtado that has transcended their respective artistic practices. The book features a new interview between Hurtado and Hans Ulrich Obrist, and an extensive timeline on the artist’s life.

The book will tell the remarkable story of a 98 year old artist whose work has only started to be exhibited in the last few years. Born in Maiquetía, Venezuela, in 1920, Luchita Hurtado has dedicated 70 years of her painting and drawing practice to the investigation of universality and transcendence. Her subject matter makes use of unexpected perspectives – looking straight down or across her own body, or straight up to a glimpse of sky – using cosmic motifs and geometric abstractions. Hers is a vision of the human body as a part of the world, not separate from nature.

Published alongside an exhibition at Serpentine Sackler Gallery, 23 May – 20 October 2019.

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