Introduction and interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist
Afterword by Manuela Wirth
Edited by Karen Marta
Over the course of her long and rich life, Venezuelan-born American painter Luchita Hurtado created a stunning body of work that only received the widespread attention it deserves toward the end of her life. In her paintings, Hurtado moved seamlessly between modernism and Surrealism, taking inspiration from South American weavings and her passion for environmentalism.
This handsome volume celebrates Hurtado’s life and work in her own words through a conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, along with an abundance of never-before-seen photographs and artworks, such as self-portraits and erotic drawings. Along the way we learn of her early life in New York City, her emergence as a painter, her life with her husbands Daniel de Solar, Wolfgang Paalen and Lee Mullican, and a whole cast of artists from Leonora Carrington and Isamu Noguchi to her son Matt Mullican.
An oral autobiography and scrapbook of the amazing life of American painter Luchita Hurtado, from Venezuela to Los Angeles via Surrealism, magical realism and countless key art scenes of the 20th century in between.
Published by Hauser & Wirth, 2021
Hardcover, 288 pages with 300 color images
Dimensions: 9 x 6 1/2 inches (22.86 x 16.51 cm)