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Review: L.A. exhibitions focus on Paul Outerbridge

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 26, 2009
Updated: Thursday, January 02, 2014

ImageL.A.'s Central Library hosts the exhibit Paul Outerbridge: New Color Photographs from Mexico and California, 1948–1955 and the Getty Center presents a career survey, Paul Outerbridge: Command Performance.


Paul Outerbridge, Airport Lounge, Mexico, c. 1950. Courtesy Los Angeles Public Library.
Paul Outerbridge, one of the great pioneers of color photography, spent the last 15 years of his life in creative decline, moving from the East Coast to Laguna Beach where he opened a small portrait studio and helped his wife manage her fashion business. His photographic output during the period was meager and his once-illustrious career went into permanent eclipse.

Or so the conventional wisdom goes. Art cognoscenti like to dismiss Outerbridge's California years (1943 to 1958) as an unfruitful period marked by failure -- a sad epilogue to a high-profile career spent mostly in New York and Europe. But two exhibitions opening soon in Los Angeles refute that long-held assumption, providing ample evidence that Outerbridge continued to push the boundaries of his art form until his final days.

Read the complete review in the Los Angeles Times.


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