Paul Outerbridge

Paul Outerbridge

Command Performance

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Paul Outerbridge Jr. (American, 1896–1958) burst onto the photographic art scene in the early 1920s with images that were visually fresh, technically adept, and decidedly Modernist. He also applied his talent for composition to the commercial world, introducing an artist’s sensibility to advertisements for men’s haberdashery, glassware, and JELL-O® for magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair. An early master of the technically complex carbro color process, he used it to photograph nudes, often shown with a variety of props—images that skirted the limits of propriety in their day.

            This catalogue was produced for the first exhibition of Outerbridge’s work since 1981, which was held March 31 through August 9, 2009, at the J. Paul Getty Museum. It brought together one hundred photographs from all periods and styles of the photographer’s career, including his Cubistic still-life images, commercial magazine photography, and nudes. The book includes an essay by the curator and a chronology of the artist’s life and work.



Baker & Taylor
Presents the catalogue from an exhibition of work by the American photographer, containing a selection of still-life images, commercial pictures, and nudes from the 1920s through the 1950s.

Book News
The volume was prepared to accompany a March-August 2009 exhibit at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles of work by American photographer Outerbridge (1896-1958). In the introduction, Paul Martineau, a curator in the Museum's photography department, describes him as a pioneer in applying modernist aesthetic principles to commercial photography and helping blur the distinction between art and commerce. The 104 photos reproduced here are in various private and public collections, and trace his career through its several stages of technique, approach, and subject matter. A chronology is included. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Oxford University Press
Paul Outerbridge Jr. (American, 1896-1958) burst onto the photographic art scene in the early 1920s with images that were visually fresh, technically adept, and decidedly Modernist. He also applied his talent for composition to the commercial world, introducing an artist's sensibility to advertisements for men's haberdashery, glassware, and JELL-O for magazines such asVogue and Vanity Fair. An early master of the technically complex carbro color process, he used it to photograph nudes, often shown with a variety of props--images that skirted the limits of propriety in their day.
This catalogue is produced for the first exhibition of Outerbridge's work since 1981, to be held March 31 through August 9, 2009, at the J. Paul Getty Museum. It brings together one hundred photographs from all periods and styles of the photographer's career, including his Cubistic still-life images, commercial magazine photography, and nudes. The book includes an essay by the curator and a chronology of the artist's life and work.

Publisher: Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780892369614
Branch Call Number: 779.092 OUTER MARTI
Characteristics: vii, 155 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Outerbridge, Paul
J. Paul Getty Museum
Notes: "Issued in conjunction with the exhibition Paul Outerbridge: command performance, held at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, March 31-August 9, 2009"--Colophon

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