Paul Outerbridge

June 30 - September 17, 2016
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Paul Outerbridge, FantasyPaul Outerbridge, Fantasy

Fantasy, 1926

Platinum/palladium print mounted to board, printed c. 1926

4 5/8 x 3 3/8 in.

Paul Outerbridge, First Robin of SpringPaul Outerbridge, First Robin of Spring

First Robin of Spring, 1938

Carbro print

14 3/8 x 10 5/8 in.

Paul Outerbridge, Nude with Mask and HatPaul Outerbridge, Nude with Mask and Hat

Nude with Mask and Hat, 1936

Carbro print, printed c. 1936

17 1/2 x 11 3/8 in.

Paul Outerbridge, Christmas Tree OrnamentPaul Outerbridge, Christmas Tree Ornament

Christmas Tree Ornament, New York, 1937

Unique color carbo print mounted to board, printed 1937

15 1/2 x 12 in.

Paul Outerbridge, PianoPaul Outerbridge, Piano

Piano, 1926

Platinum print

4 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.

Paul Outerbridge, Wooden Box with SawPaul Outerbridge, Wooden Box with Saw

Wooden Box with Saw, 1922

Platinum print mounted to board, printed c. 1923

4 5/8 x 3 5/8 in.

Paul Outerbridge, Ide CollarPaul Outerbridge, Ide Collar

Ide Collar, 1922

Platinum print

4 1/2 x 3 5/8 in.

Press Release

Paul Outerbridge
June 30 – September 17, 2016
Bruce Silverstein: 535 West 24th Street

Bruce Silverstein Gallery is pleased to present a retrospective of the work of Paul Outerbridge (1896-1958).  This is the first exhibition of its scope to be held in New York since 1979 and will be the largest exhibition of Outerbridge’s work since 2009 at the Getty Museum, Los Angeles. This exhibition is comprised of historically important and rare extant material.


A survey of Outerbridge’s influential career is especially timely as his work is consistently cited by a current generation of artists working in the photographic medium. Numerous contemporary artists riff on commercial strategies of image-making that derive from the aesthetics of advertising photography and our visual lexicon shaped by Outerbridge.


Outerbridge’s melding of the high and low in his artworks channeled the artistic current of his age, from Surrealism, to Cubism, to Duchamp (who kept Outerbridge’s Ide Collar, 1922, tacked to a wall in his studio).  By venerating quotidian commercial products through his elegant and striking formal arrangements, and taking a functional object out of its useful context, Outerbridge tapped the consciousness of modern art which grappled with the experience of living a commercial existence, the impact of mass consumerism, and an ever expanding visual culture.


In 1940 Outerbridge published Photographing in Color, which explicated his creative and technological achievements developing the challenging and time consuming technique of tri-color Carbro printing. Outerbridge’s color prints are extraordinarily rare due to the laborious technical process and the artist’s ruthless standards. Through various loans the gallery has been able to secure a significant number of Outerbridge’s prints for exhibition.


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