The Hammer Museum at UCLA’s “Lari Pittman: Declaration of Independence” is the most comprehensive retrospective in 20 years of the work of the UCLA distinguished professor of painting and drawing. 

Pittman’s works remain some of the most prescient and influential since the 1980s. His works range from highly detailed works on panel and paper about love, sex, death, art and citizenship, to a blend of densely painted surfaces and codified references to sexuality, which aligned with the discourse surrounding the contested body in the early 1990s.

In recent years, Pittman’s works have depicted memories, his own thought process and a diverse group of artistic influences. Paintings function as rich dreamscapes, providing insight into the Pittman’s psyche, and have become smoother, accentuating the synthetic quality of works and showcasing his mastery of the medium.

The exhibition includes approximately 80 paintings and 50 works on paper drawn from the Hammer’s own holdings, as well as from public and private collections throughout the world. It is organized by Connie Butler, chief curator at the Hammer Museum, with Vanessa Arizmendi, curatorial assistant.

Admission to the Hammer Museum is always free. The exhibition is on display until Sunday, Jan. 5.