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Why Luchita Hurtado at 97 is the hot discovery of the Hammer’s ‘Made in LA’ biennial

Why Luchita Hurtado at 97 is the hot discovery of the Hammer’s ‘Made in LA’ biennial
05 Jul
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Her paintings have also spanned continents and the 20th century in their subject matter: indigenous patterns, stark Modernism, the surreal and the abstract — bound by a keen understanding of materials. (A series of works rendered in oil stick and bathed in a watery ink have a striking, dappled effect.) But during the near century she has been painting, her work has been largely overshadowed by the men she married — Chilean journalist Daniel de Solar, Austrian artist and theorist Wolfgang Paalen, and for more than 40 years U.S. painter Lee Mullican, a founder of the “Dynaton” group, an influential trio of artists known for their interest in the surreal, the abstract and the cosmic.

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