A tour of Lari Pittman’s studio, as Hammer Museum celebrates the artist

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Lari Pittman, An American Place, 1986. © Lari Pittman. Photo courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles

Artist Lari Pittman has been a fixture in the LA art scene for some 40 years. His work has shown at every major museum in LA. Now he has a new exhibition at the Hammer called “Declaration of Independence.” It’s a retrospective on his prolific career.

Two years ago, Press Play met him in his studio, a large white space tucked away in an unassuming office park in Glendale. It was cavernous, big enough to hold his massive 10 feet wide paintings.  

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Lari Pittman,
How Sweet the Day After This and That, Deep Sleep Is Truly Welcomed, 1988. © Lari Pittman. Photo  courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles

Lari Pittman,
This Wholesomeness, Beloved and Despised, Continues Regardless, 1990. © Lari Pittman. Photo  courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles