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John Outterbridge

American, b. 1933

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John Outterbridge

American, b. 1933

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A key artist of the Californian assemblage movement, John Outterbridge draws influence from the street and folk art of his childhood. Asserting the need for the representation of African American artists, he began making sculpture around the time of the Watts Riots in 1965. He has always constructed his art in a piecemeal fashion, incorporating found objects such as tools, rags, salvaged junk, and metal into rustic but detailed pieces. Chains, boxes, and yokes may reference slavery and entrapment; figurines and spice bags refer to alchemy and ritual. Through his sculptures’ accumulation, Outterbridge exposes the way identity is similarly constructed of multiple fragments.

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Biography

A key artist of the Californian assemblage movement, John Outterbridge draws influence from the street and folk art of his childhood. Asserting the need for the representation of African American artists, he began making sculpture around the time of the Watts Riots in 1965. He has always constructed his art in a piecemeal fashion, incorporating found objects such as tools, rags, salvaged junk, and metal into rustic but detailed pieces. Chains, boxes, and yokes may reference slavery and entrapment; figurines and spice bags refer to alchemy and ritual. Through his sculptures’ accumulation, Outterbridge exposes the way identity is similarly constructed of multiple fragments.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Top emerging
Emerging representation
Represented by up-and-coming galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Aspen Art Museum
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Art in America, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition