John Outterbridge, ‘Sculpted Form’, 1962, Aaron Payne Fine Art

Signature: signed lower right: J. Outterbridge

About John Outterbridge

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.

American, b. 1933, Greenville, North Carolina

Solo Shows

2012
New York,
John Outterbridge
2009
New York,
John Outterbridge

Group Shows

2016
Santa Fe,
Summer Selections 2016
2016
Santa Fe,
Spring Selections
2015
Santa Fe,
Winter Selections in Modernism
2014
Santa Fe,
Summer Selections 2014
2012
New York,
Tilton Gallery at Expo Chicago 2012
2012
Santa Fe,
Selections of American Modernism

Fair History on Artsy

2013
Tilton Gallery at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2013
2011
Tilton Gallery at Art Basel 2011