Robert Overby, ‘Brown and Black Rubbings, no. 3, from the New York Color Rubbings series’, 1972, Hammer Museum

About Robert Overby

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.

American, 1935-1993, Harvey, Illinois, based in Los Angeles, California