press release

Serpentine Sackler Gallery

23.05.2019 - 08.09.2019

The first exhibition of work by Luchita Hurtado in an institution . Born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1920, Hurtado moved to the United States in 1928 and later travelled extensively in Mexico. Her approach to painting and drawing over the course of her long career is characterised by continuous experimentation, ranging from abstract, at times surreal geometries to biomorphic landscapes and striking patterns, yet all united by a compelling sense of colour, light and movement. Unexpected perspectives - looking straight down or across her own body, or straight up to a glimpse of sky - offer a view of the world that is both grounded and transcendental. For Hurtado, the interconnectivity between human beings, nature and the cosmos was heightened after seeing the first images of Earth from space in 1946, and her work since has continued to propose all life forms as part of a single, living entity. The Serpentine exhibition will trace the trajectory of Hurta do’s expansive career, who at 98 , has produced a rich oeuvre with a continued relevance to contemporary environmental and political issues.