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Lari Pittman, Grand Tour, 2011, acrylic, Cel-Vinyl, and aerosol lacquer on gessoed canvas over wood panel, 102 x 88".

Lari Pittman

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Lari Pittman, Grand Tour, 2011, acrylic, Cel-Vinyl, and aerosol lacquer on gessoed canvas over wood panel, 102 x 88".

“A Decorated Chronology,” curated by Kelly Shindler at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, was a welcome (if modest) survey of works by the illustrious and prolific painter Lari Pittman. The show came on the heels of the artist’s solo presentation at Le Consortium in Dijon, France, this past spring and was his first solo museum exhibition in the US since a 1996 midcareer survey organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Though the twenty-eight paintings and twenty-four works on paper included here were primarily from the past decade, a few carefully selected earlier pieces showcased shifts in tone and process over time, and the exhibition’s title, taken from the series “A Decorated Chronology of Insistence and Resignation,” 1992–94, signaled that Pittman’s particular form of resistance would assume a central role.

Since graduating from Cal-Arts in 1976, Pittman—long

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