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Pittman, Lari (b. 1952)  
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The emphasis that Pittman places on has led some critics to describe him as the prince of queer agit-prop art. He has been attacked for being too political because he has dared to address the difficulties of life as a gay man in paintings that grab attention.

Indeed, Pittman may be justly regarded as our foremost painter of gay pride. As Jody Zellen has written, "Pittman paints with such elegance and determination that no matter what the subject--loss, death, sex, or desire--each painting is a celebration. A celebration of the act of painting and of survival, both of which are such integral aspects of Pittman's life that they have become the subject of his paintings."

Critics have labeled Pittman one of the most influential artists of his generation. He has been featured in several of the Whitney Museum's prestigious Biennial exhibitions, and his paintings are held in the collections of many museums in the United States and abroad.

The respect that Pittman has earned as an artist is reflected in his position as Professor of Fine Arts at UCLA. He lives in Los Angles with his longtime companion, fellow artist Roy Dowell, with whom he sometimes collaborates.

Caryn E. Neumann

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Bayley, Paul, ed. Lari Pittman: Paintings 1992-1998. Manchester, England: Cornerhouse, 1998.

Brown, Elizabeth A. Lari Pittman Drawings. Santa Barbara: University of California, Santa Barbara Art Museum, 1996.

Fox, Howard N. Lari Pittman. Los Angeles: Los Angeles Museum of Art, 1996.

Zellen, Jody. "Lari Pittman." ArtScene: The Guide to Art Galleries and Museums in Southern California.


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    Author: Neumann, Caryn E.  
    Entry Title: Pittman, Lari  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
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