The Hammer Museum presents “Lari Pittman: Declaration of Independence,” the most comprehensive retrospective to date of the work of American artist Lari Pittman.
A prolific painter and sharp social critic, Pittman, who is a distinguished professor of art in the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, has been a strong presence in both the international sphere and the Los Angeles art community. From his earliest experiments with collage and decoration, to the iconic paintings he produced in response to the AIDS crisis and culture wars of the 1990s, to his more recent mural-scale paintings and symbolic, stylized paintings of textiles paired with portraits, Pittman’s works have remained prescient, incisive, and exquisitely rendered. This exhibition will include approximately 80 paintings and 50 works on paper drawn from the Hammer’s own holdings as well as from many public and private collections throughout the world.
On view from Sept. 29 through Jan. 5, 2020, “Lari Pittman: Declaration of Independence” marks the first time the Hammer Museum at UCLA has ever devoted all of its major exhibition spaces to a single living artist. Following its presentation at the Hammer, the exhibition will travel to Kistefos Museet in Jevnaker, Norway May 24 through Oct. 5, 2020.
“In addition to being an extraordinary painter, Lari has been an important figure in the Los Angeles art community for the past four decades as both artist and teacher. He has influenced generations of artists as a professor in UCLA’s art department, and is part of a generation of artists who emerged internationally in the 1990s.” said Ann Philbin, director of the Hammer. “His paintings confront history, politics, violence, and sexuality in a highly aestheticized manner that is both exquisitely painted and deeply responsive to the issues of our time.”