A Life’s Work: As Her Career Surges, Luchita Hurtado Discusses Her Eight Decades in Art
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A Life’s Work: As Her Career Surges, Luchita Hurtado Discusses Her Eight Decades in Art

Luchita Hurtado, Untitled, 1942, oil on canvas. COURTESY THE ARTIST AND PARK VIEW, LOS ANGELES ometime in the mid-1940s, the artist Luchita Hurtado, then in her 20s, boarded a Madison Avenue bus in Manhattan to go to an opening at Pierre Matisse’s gallery on East 57th Street. “There was a man who wasn’t sitting down and he kept staring and staring at me,” Hurtado recalled recently, “and he looked tough, like a wrestler or some truck driver.” She got off at 57th and the man followed her. She rushed toward the gallery. “Pierre was standing at the door. I was going to say, ‘This guy’s been following me and I’m upset,’ and he looked past me to this man and he spoke in French, ‘Oh, I want you to meet.’ ” It was the painter Fernand Léger. “I never forgot that,” Hurtado said, laughing. “You know, a truck driver can be anyone.” Luchita Hurtado, ca. 1940s, photographed by Rufino Tamayo. COURTESY THE ARTIST Hurtado, now 96, just had an exhibition at Park View , a two-year-old apartment gallery a few blocks from MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. The show featured work she made between 1942 and 1958, when she […]

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