Luchita Hurtado interview: the 98-year-old art-world sensation on love affairs, abstract painting and foot massages from Duchamp

Lucita Hurtado in her studio in Santa Monica, California
Lucita Hurtado in her studio in Santa Monica, California Credit: Oresti Tsonopoulos

 “I sometimes dream about those years when the children were small and we were adventurers,” says Luchita Hurtado, the 98-year-old painter about to have her first museum retrospective, at the Serpentine Gallery in London. She has no shortage of adventures to draw on – or many selves, as she would say.

When we meet, Hurtado is sitting in her living room in Santa Monica, California, wearing a top and skirt of her own design. Laughter often skips through her speech. Her face radiates such energy you wonder if she’s made some sort of pact with nature.

Light streams in over the plants on her balcony; her elbow rests on a tall stack of Time magazines: all copies of the latest issue, in which, having...

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