Robert Overby
American, 1935-1993
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
B. Ingrid Olson and Robert Overby,
Jessica Silverman Gallery
Robert Overby: See Robert,
Cherry and Martin
Apparitions: Frottages and Rubbings from 1860 to Now,
Hammer Museum

Robert Overby, an active figure in the emergence of Process Art, Post-Minimalism, and the Anti-Form Movement, is remembered best as a painter even though he worked in multiple mediums. He is known for two very different bodies of work: the first, his representational paintings, sometimes drawing on imagery from classical masterpieces, or women pictured in fashion catalogues and pornography; Overby’s painting style was deeply influenced by his earlier career as a commercially successful graphic designer. The second and perhaps more famous body of work comprises latex casts of architectural structures—explorations of decay and imperfection. Overby also self-published a book titled Red Book: 336 to 1 (1974) meticulously detailing every work he produced between 1969 and 1973.