Featuring previously unseen works from Hurtado’s Sky Skin series, this exhibition centres on the artist’s pursuit of the other worldly and a broader reflection on life and death. Beginning in the mid-1970s, Hurtado’s gaze turned upwards, inverting the downward-facing perspective of her earlier I Am paintings. A selection of transitional drawings merge these series, as elements of the female body, including breast, stomach and knee viewed from a down-cast angle, transform into rolling mountains in a continuation of the artist’s imaginative experimentation with figurative landscapes. In the Sky Skins, Hurtado’s skies are often encircled by craggy earth, referencing the mountains...
  • Untitled, c.1976. Oil on canvas 42.5 x 58.4 cm © The Estate of Luchita Hurtado. Courtesy The Estate of Luchita Hurtado and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Jeff McLane

  • In works such as ‘Mask’ (1977), singular feathers float and hover in formation in front of distant clouds. Space is...

    The Umbilical Cord of the Earth is the Moon, 1977. Oil on canvas 101.6 x 58.4 cm. © The Estate of Luchita Hurtado. Courtesy The Estate of Luchita Hurtado and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Jeff McLane

    In works such as ‘Mask’ (1977), singular feathers float and hover in formation in front of distant clouds. Space is polarised to emphasise foreground proximity and the far-off distance of cloud, and sky, punctuated occasionally in the near middle ground by these airborne entities that largely serve to underscore the abstract vastness behind them. The feathers painted by Hurtado, who...