Lari Pittman's dense new history paintings at Regen Projects are intricately gorgeous, as his work usually is, the paint applied with almost superhuman precision. But Pittman borrows from handmade craft traditions — textiles, doll making, silhouette cutouts — which usually creates some rough edges. So when you're looking at his mural-sized paintings, like Flying Carpet With a Waning Moon Over a Violent Nation, with its quilt-worthy patterning behind a line of red circles that turn out to be rifle lenses, their perfection is the first sign that something's not right. 6750 Santa Monica Blvd., Hlywd.; through Dec. 21. (310) 276-5424,

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Nov. 9. Continues through Dec. 21, 2013

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