Los Angeles

Lari Pittman

Regen Projects

Lari Pittman’s epic paintings have always been like big Broadway numbers—but in his latest show, the only big number was seventeen. That’s how many works he fitted into a gallery space he used to fill with just one. All measuring less than three by four feet, these paintings on heavy paper feel like studies, though they possess all the precision and finish of Pittman’s large panels and bear all his trademarks: radical scale shifts, mixed and matched styles, jumbled, discontinuous spaces, a multihued but rarely blended palette, a grab bag of techniques and media (acrylic, alkyd, spray enamel, gesso), and appropriated imagery and ornament, the more offbeat the better.

Like his earlier bodies of work, which held to a program of titles, aesthetic codes, and signifiers that defined each series and linked it to those previous and yet to come, these paintings (all 2001) adhere to a system of

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