Tuesday 5 September, 3-6pm
Wednesday 6 September, 10am-4pm
Lari Pittman (b. Los Angeles, California, 1952) lives and works in Los Angeles. He received both a BFA (1074) and an MFA (1976) from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia (California). Inspired by commercial advertising, folk art, and decorative traditions, his meticulously layered paintings transform pattern and signage into luxurious scenes fraught with complexity, difference, and desire. In a manner both visually gripping and psychologically strange, Pittman’s hallucinatory works reference myriad aesthetic styles, from Victorian silhouettes to social realist murals to Mexican “retablos.” Alongside his career as an artist, he also works as an educator and is a Distinguished Professor of Art at the University of California Los Angeles. Pitman is represented by Thomas Dane Gallery.
Recent solo exhibitions include: Lari Pittman: Grisaille, Ethics & Knots (paintings with cataplasms), Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin, Germany (2016); Lari Pittman: Mood Books, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, USA (2016); Lari Pittman: Nocturnes, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, UK (2016); Lari Pittman: Nuevos Caprichos, Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA (2016); Lari Pittman: Homage to Natalia Goncharova... When the avant-garde and the folkloric kissed in public, Proxy Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, USA (2015); A Decorated Chronology, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri (2013); Lari Pittman: From A Late Western Impaerium, Regen Project, Los Angeles, California (2013). Recent group exhibitions include: Art from Los Angeles: 1990 - 2010, Studio Guenzani, Milan, Italy (2016); The Art of Our Time, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, USA (2015); America is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA (2015); 75 Gifts for 75 Years, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA (2015); Treasure of Lima: A Buried Exhibition, Curated by Nadim Samman TBA21: Thyssen-Bornemisza (2014); Earthly Delights, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (2014).