‘What?’ indeed! Lari Pittman’s brain-tingling artworks at the Hammer

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“Birthplace, 1984” installation photo by Susie Goodman

artsmeme is delighted to celebrate the dazzling retrospective of astonishing works by Los Angeles artist Lari Pittman now at the Hammer Museum by reprinting, with the author’s kind permission, two separate interviews, one with Pittman and a second with the exhibition’s curator Connie Butler. The author/interviewer is KUSC’s doyenne of arts broadcasting, Sheila Tepper.

photography: susie goodman, hammer museum
Lari Pittman | photo by Susie Goodman

The exhibition is at the UCLA Hammer Museum and includes approximately 80 paintings and 50 works on paper. He has been a strong presence in the local art community and internationally plus has been a long revered teacher at UCLA. His highly detailed work tells grand tales about history, love, sex, death, art, citizenship, memories and creates a rich visual language that he has developed over his four-decade career.

[Click to KUSC blogsite to hear Sheila Tepper’s interview with Lari Pittman.]

Lari Pittman, Untitled #8 (The Dining Room), 2005
Cel-Vinyl, acrylic, and alkyd on gessoed canvas over wood. 86 × 102 in. Collection of Christen Sveaas. © Lari Pittman, courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles

Lari Pittman: Declaration of Independence | Hammer Museum | thru Jan 4

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