No. 420: Lari Pittman (part two), Renoir

Episode No. 420 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features the second part of a two-part conversation with artist Lari Pittman, and curator George Shackelford.

The Hammer Museum recently debuted “Lari Pittman: Declaration of Independence,” a retrospective of Pittman’s nearly forty-year career. The exhibition reveals Pittman’s engagements with America’s history and with issues and subjects that have been core to our history and identity, including landscape, violence, citizenship, belonging and more. The exhibition was curated by Hammer chief curator Connie Butler. It is on view through January 5, 2020. The excellent exhibition catalogue was published by DelMonico Prestel. Amazon offers it for $51.

Pittman is one of America’s most-honored artists. His work is in the collection of virtually every important American art museum. Pittman has received awards from the International Association of Art Critics, the Skowhegan Medal, and he has been granted three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. His work has been featured in many important international exhibitions, including Documenta and the Venice Biennale.

Part one of this interview with Lari Pittman aired on Episode No. 415.

Along with Esther Bell, Shackelford is the curator of “Renoir: The Body, The Senses.” The exhibition focuses on Renoir’s art about the human form, and features the work of artists at whose art Renoir was looking intently, as well as art by early modern artists who were looking at Renoir. It’s at the Kimbell Art Museum through January 26, 2020. The fine catalogue was published by the Clark Art Institute (which originated the exhibition). Amazon offers it for $38.

Air date: November 21, 2019.

Lari Pittman, Birthplace, 1984.

Lari Pittman, Plymoth Rock, 1985.

Lari Pittman, Plymoth Rock, 1985.

Lari Pittman, An American Place, 1986.

Lari Pittman, The Senseless Cycles, Tender and Benign, Bring Great Comfort, 1988.

Lari Pittman, This Amusement, Beloved and Despised, Continues Regardless, 1989.

Lari Pittman, Transformational and Needy, 1990.

Lari Pittman, This Wholesomeness, Beloved and Despised, Continues Regardless, 1990.

Lari Pittman, Transfigurative and Needy, 1991.

Lari Pittman, Untitled #16, 2003.

Lari Pittman, Untitled #8 (The Dining Room), 2005.

© Lari Pittman, courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles

Lari Pittman, The Making of a Boy, 1952, 2012.

Lari Pittman, Flying Carpet with a Waning Moon Over a Violent Nation, 2013.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Bather Arranging Her Hair, 1885.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Blonde Bather, 1881.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Blonde Bather, ca. 1881-82.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Woman Brushing Her Hair, ca. 1884.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Blonde Braiding Her Hair, 1886.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Bather with a Griffon, 1870.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, A Nymph by a Stream, 1869-70.

Gustave Courbet, Bather Sleeping by a Brook, 1845.

Francois Boucher, Diana Leaving Her Bath, 1742.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Little Blue Nude, ca. 1878-79.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Study for “Scene from Wagner’s Tannhauser, Third Act,” 1879.

Paul Cezanne, Bathers at Rest, 1876-77.

Paul Cezanne, The Battle of Love, ca. 1880.

Edgar Degas, The Bathers. ca. 1895-1900.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Bathers Playing with a Crab, ca. 1897.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir with Richard Guino, Venus Victorious, 1914.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, The Bathers, 1918-19.

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