Luchita Hurtado

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Open: Tue-Thu 11am-6pm

9 Main St, NY 11968, Southampton, United States
Open: Tue-Thu 11am-6pm


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Luchita Hurtado

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Artist : Luchita Hurtado

9 Main St, NY 11968 Luchita Hurtado

Tue-Thu 11am-6pm


Rounding out the Southampton summer season, Hauser & Wirth presents an intimate exhibition of rarely seen works on paper by acclaimed late Venezuela-born artist Luchita Hurtado (1920 – 2020). Approximately fifteen works from Hurtado’s I Am series spotlight the uniquely poetic way in which she channeled her lifelong fascination with corporality and self-affirmation into powerful yet delicate images in charcoal, crayon, graphite, ink, and gouache. These deeply personal self-portraits find the artist exchanging her own visual perspective with that of the viewer.

Artworks

Untitled, 1971

Charcoal on paper
47.6 x 59.7 cm / 18 3/4 x 23 1/2 in; 76.2 x 63.5 x 5.1 cm / 30 x 25 x 2 in (framed)
© The Estate of Luchita Hurtado. Courtesy The Estate of Luchita Hurtado and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Jeff McLane

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Untitled, c. 1971

Graphite on paper
61 x 48.3 cm / 24 x 19 in; 76.8 x 64.1 x 5.1 cm / 30 1/4 x 25 1/4 x 2 in (framed)
© The Estate of Luchita Hurtado. Courtesy The Estate of Luchita Hurtado and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Jeff McLane

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Untitled, 1971

Charcoal on paper
61 x 47.6 cm / 24 x 18 3/4 in; 76.8 x 64.1 x 5.1 cm / 30 1/4 x 25 1/4 x 2 in (framed)
© The Estate of Luchita Hurtado. Courtesy The Estate of Luchita Hurtado and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Jeff McLane

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Untitled, c. 1971

Charcoal on paper
61 x 48.3 cm / 24 x 19 in; 76.8 x 64.1 x 5.1 cm / 30 1/4 x 25 1/4 x 2 in (framed)
© The Estate of Luchita Hurtado. Courtesy The Estate of Luchita Hurtado and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Jeff McLane

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Untitled, c. 1970s

Crayon on paper
27.9 x 35.6 cm / 11 x 14 in; 37.5 x 45.1 x 3.8 cm / 14 3/4 x 17 3/4 x 1 1/2 in (framed)
© The Estate of Luchita Hurtado. Courtesy The Estate of Luchita Hurtado and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Jeff McLane

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‘Luchita Hurtado’ features works rarely exhibited during the artist’s lifetime. These drawings and paintings on paper allow viewers to inhabit Hurtado’s gaze to look down onto fragments of her body as if it was their own—through the use of dramatic foreshortening and tight cropping. Thus, Hurtado’s breasts, stomach, arms, hands, legs, and feet, shown from a perspective seldom offered in the history of portraiture, become those of the viewer. Reinforcing the quiet privacy of these scenes, Hurtado is often depicted performing such quotidian activities as reading, holding a spoon, or simply taking a step. The quickness of the artist’s ink marks, delicate application of paint, and soft rubbing of charcoal amplify the immediacy and poignancy of these works.

Hurtado began the I Am series (which includes both works on paper and on canvas) in the late 1960s and continued the series while living in Santiago, Chile, with her husband, the painter Lee Mullican, and their two sons. While in Chile, Hurtado used her closet as a studio; its confined dimensions contributed to the dramatic perspective and lighting – often just a beam of light through the closet door – in the final images. Hurtado used these portraits not only to observe her body ‘in the flesh,’ but to look inward as well, suggesting that her time spent working in that makeshift studio afforded valuable moments of introspection.

Installation view, ‘Luchita Hurtado,’ Hauser & Wirth Southampton, 2022. 13 August – 24 September 2022 © The Estate of Luchita Hurtado. Courtesy The Estate and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Thomas Barratt


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