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LUCHITA HURTADO AND HANS ULRICH OBRIST

The most interesting thing for me now is to make sure that the planet is going in the right direction. I keep the words sky, water, earth, fire in my mind. Those are the elements, and that’s what my work has come to be about. That’s what I’m about… When I think about my painting and the political and the planet, it’s about the hope that it’s not too late and that people can still get together and in whatever small way make a difference that adds up. As far as physical strength and ability goes, I’m very weak, of course, because of my age, but I still can paint, I can still draw. And so that’s my contribution…

I enjoy life, and I feel I’ve been different people. I was a different person, for example, when I did these very sexy drawings and paintings of my body, looking at my body. [Laughs] It’s the truth. Sex was all I could think about…

When I used to go to my house in Taos, New Mexico, and go to watch tribal dances, they wouldn’t ask me if I was Indian; they would say, “What tribe are you?” I would say, “Venezuelan.’”And they’d say, “I’ve never heard of that one!”… Within myself, I felt that I was Indian. I felt that very much when I went to the dances, because the tribes had a complete attitude towards the earth, that it was alive. I remember asking why the dances in the winter were different from the summer dances. A lot of stomping went on in the summer. I asked a man about this once, and he said, “Because the earth is asleep, of course, in winter.” Instead of stomping, they drag the foot, so as not to wake the earth. It’s an attitude toward the planet as a living thing.Luchita Hurtado*

Frieze Los Angeles brings Hans Ulrich Obrist to the city for a conversation with Hurtado, who worked with the curator on her retrospective I LIVE I DIE I WILL BE REBORN—which opens at LACMA on February 16..

The discussion will be moderated by Jennifer King, associate curator of Contemporary Projects at LACMA.

LUCHITA HURTADO and HANS ULRICH OBRIST IN CONVERSATION

Saturday, February 15, at 2 pm.

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.

*“The Painter and the Planetarian: Luchita Hurtado in Conversation with Andrea Bowers,” Ursula 2 (Spring 2019).

Also see the monograph I LIVE I DIE I WILL BE REBORN.

Luchita Hurtado, from top: Untitled, 1973, oil on canvas and thread, photograph by Brian Forrest; Encounter, 1971, oil on canvas; Untitled, 1975, oil on canvas, photograph by Jeff McLane; Untitled, 1971, photograph by McLane; The Umbilical Cord of the Earth is the Moon, 1977, oil on canvas, photograph by McLane; Untitled, circa 1951, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, photograph by Genevieve Hanson; Untitled, 1972, oil on canvas, photograph by Hanson; Luchita Hurtado—I Live I Die I Will Be Reborn monograph cover, image courtesy and © Walther König.

Photograph of Luchita Hurtado by Man Ray, 1947, courtesy and © Man Ray 2015 Trust/Artists Rights Society, New York / Adagp, Paris. Artwork images courtesy and © Hurtado and Hauser & Wirth.

ARTISTS’ BOOKS AT THE GETTY

A book with a Plexiglas exterior stands upright with the cover open to reveal distressed pages of plastic-sealed cheese. The title poetrie appears in lowercase letters across the top of the first page.

A beautiful new exhibition of artists’ books is up now at the Getty Center.

The exhibition includes books by Nobuyoshi Araki, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Tauba Auerbach, Raffaele de Bernardi, Sandow Birk, Andrea Bowers, Chris Burden, Jan Činčera, Johanna Drucker, Dave Eggers, Felipe Ehrenberg, Olafur Eliasson, Timothy C. Ely, Barbara Fahrner, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Jennifer A. González, Katharina Grosse, Robert Heinecken, Leandro Katz, Ellsworth Kelly, Daniel E. Kelm, Anselm Kiefer, Monika Kulicka, Sol LeWitt, Russell Maret, Didier Mutel, Katherine Ng, Clemente Padín, Felicia Rice, Dieter Roth, Ed Ruscha, Christopher Russell, Barbara T. Smith, Keith A. Smith, Buzz Spector, Beth Thielen, Gustavo Vazquez, Cecilia Vicuña, Ines von Ketelhodt, Zachary James Watkins, William Wegman, and Tian Wei.

 

ARTISTS AND THEIR BOOKS–BOOKS AND THEIR ARTISTS, through October 28.

GETTY CENTER—RESEARCH INSTITUTE, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood, Los Angeles.

getty.edu/event

Above: PoetrieDieter Roth, 1967. The Getty Research Institute. © Dieter Roth Estate. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth.

Below: Stab/Ghost, Tauba Auerbach, 2013. The Getty Research Institute. © Tauba Auerbach. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.

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CONTEMPORARY ART AND WALTER BENJAMIN’S ARCADES

Benjamin’s Arcades Project—the notes for which he left with Georges Bataille before killing himself on the Pyrenees in 1940 after leaving Nazi-occupied France—was made up of thirty-six folders on such subjects as “Fashion,” “Mirrors,” “Panorama,” “Dream City and Dream House,” and “Flâneur,” (a term Benjamin popularized). For THE ARCADES exhibition, curator Jens Hoffman (assisted by Shira Backer) has brought together works by Walead Beshty, Andrea Bowers, Chris Burden, Walker Evans, Lee Friedlander, Andreas Gursky, Pierre Huyghe, Mike Kelley, Collier Schorr, Cindy Sherman, Taryn Simon, and James Welling.

THE ARCADES: CONTEMPORARY ART AND WALTER BENJAMIN, through August 6.

THE JEWISH MUSEUM, 1109 Fifth Avenue, at 92nd Street, New York City.

thejewishmuseum.org/exhibitions/the-arcades-contemporary-art-and-walter-benjamin

 

*David Wallace, “Walter Benjamin’s Unfinished Opus, Revisted Through Contemporary Art,” The New Yorker, May 9, 2017:

newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/walter-benjamins-unfinished-magnum-opus-revisited-through-contemporary-art

A view of The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin, at the Jewish Museum. Artwork, all by Adam Pendleton: Black Dada Reader (wall work #1), 2016; what is…?/Chagall (study), 2017; Dada Dancers (study), 2016.
Photograph by Will RagozzinoSocial Shutterbug