Lari Pittman

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Lari Pittman
Born1952
ResidenceLos Angeles, United States, Mexico
NationalityAmerican
Alma materCal Arts, UCLA
Notable work
Like You (1995), Fly Carpet with Magic Mirrors for a Distorted Nation (2013)
Spouse(s)Roy Dowell

Lari Pittman (born 1952 in Los Angeles, California)[1] is an American painter. His American father met his Colombian mother while the former was working abroad in the latter's homeland.[2]

Lari Pittman is a Distinguished Professor at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture.

Career[edit]

Pittman received his MFA from Cal Arts in 1976. There he met his life partner, abstract painter Roy Dowell with whom he has lived ever since,[3] he is now a professor at UCLA (an institution which he once attended, but, from which he did not earn a degree). In 1996 his work was the subject of a mid career survey at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.[2]

In David Pagel's interview with Pittman, he concludes that Pittman's paintings include "imaginary organic forms, runaway arrows, and arabesques, transform ornamentation into a contemporary narrative of life and death, love and sex." He also believes "Pittman's operatic pictures propose that the world's complexity does not override passion, sincerity, and individuality."[4] When talking about his own work, Pittman states: "at times, I purposefully orchestrate the work so that you do have that comfortable laughter when looking at it—it's fullhearted and enjoyable internally—but it's also a laughter linked to nervousness, and that's the laughter I particularly like cultivating, parlor laughter, where there's always the subtext of conversation going on, but everyone is very agreeable." [4]

Pittman is included in several distinguished art collections including the Eli and Edythe Broad collection at The Broad in Los Angeles, United States.[5]

Awards and Honors[edit]

Board Memberships:

  • 2015 – 2018: MOCA, Los Angeles, Artist on the Board of Trustees
  • 2008 – present: Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Board of Overseers

Awards:

  • 2013 International Association of Art Critics United States Exhibition Award Winner
  • 2012 International Association of Art Critics Award
  • 2011 Hammer Museum Gala in the Garden Honoree
  • 2006 Rhode Island School of Design Honorary Doctorate
  • 2004 Pacific Design Center Stars of Design 2004 Award for Art
  • 2002 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Skowhegan Medal
  • 1999/2000 Flintridge Foundation Award for Visual Artists
  • 1993 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant in Painting
  • 1990 California Arts Council Arts Fellowship Grant in Painting
  • 1989 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant in Painting
  • 1989 J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts Fellowship Grant in Painting
  • 1987 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant in Painting
  • 1986 Art Matters, Inc. Grant

Public Collections[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lari Pittman - Biography, vital info and auction records for Lari Pittman". Askart.com. Retrieved 2013-06-09.
  2. ^ a b "Lari Pittman | Art21". PBS. Retrieved 2013-06-09.
  3. ^ Spurrier, Jeff. "A Waterwise Cactus Garden". Garden Design Magazine. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Pagel, David. "Lari Pittman", BOMB Magazine Winter, 1991. Retrieved on June 3, 2013.
  5. ^ https://www.thebroad.org/art/lari-pittman