The Originals: Painter Luchita Hurtado on Art, Age, and the Time Diego Rivera Broke Open a Piñata With a Gun

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Your work has received so much attention in the last couple of years: the Hammer Museum biennial here in L. A. , the Serpentine show in London, which is traveling to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art next year, and a retrospective at the Museo Tamayo, in Mexico City, also next year.

You’ve known so many great artists, including Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo when you lived in Mexico City in the ’40s. What were they like? They were incredible.

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I visualized a black and white striped blouse and made it: It was very décolleté, with a bunch of bright flowers, and I put these puffed sleeves on it, strips of silk.

I’ve painted a torso, headless, with arms and limbs, in black, white, red, and yellow, all done on a very special background of wood grain.

A willingness to break the rules is essential; a strong sense of personal style certainly doesn't hurt; but most of all, you need to have a truly meaningful point of view.

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