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Paul Outerbridge: Command Performance Hardcover – May 15, 2009


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  • Hardcover: 164 pages
  • Publisher: J. Paul Getty Museum; 1 edition (May 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892369612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892369614
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,529,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The essay that accompanies this catalogue to an exhibition at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles is largely biographical. But since Outerbridge (1896–1958) has not yet been the subject of a major critical biography, the information is both fascinating and helpful in placing this major photographic innovator's work in context. Outerbridge focused on narrowing the gap between fine art and commercial work. His fashion and product display work for Vanity Fair and Paris Vogue was successful with both his employers and other artists. In 1930 he began working with color processing and for magazines and advertisers to help sell their products during the Depression. He mastered the difficult tricolor carbon-transfer printing process. Outerbridge's final years in Southern California were often financially difficult, and he slipped into obscurity. It was years after his death that his carefully preserved archives reintroduced his work. The Getty owns the largest public collection of Outerbridge prints, and this elegantly produced catalogue shows him to be not only a master printer but also an artist who continues to influence contemporary photographers. 59 color and 61 b&w photos. (May)
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 “The Getty owns the largest public collection of Outerbridge prints, and this elegantly produced catalogue shows him to be not only a master printer but also an artist who continues to influence contemporary photographers.”—Publishers Weekly 



 “Some of the most beautiful photographs ever made.”—Booklist



 “With assistant curator of photographs Paul Martineau’s intriguing biographical essay (based, in part, on the Getty’s archive of Outerbridge papers), 104 stunningly beautiful plates, a chronology, checklist, and index, this catalog offers a highly visual and seductive overview.  A section featuring selected photographs from Outerbridge’s California years, a period missing from earlier books, makes this publication of interest to specialists as well.”—ARLIS/NA Reviews



 “Recommended.”—Library Journal 


More About the Author

A leading curator in the field of art photography, Paul Martineau is associate curator of photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum. He received a B.A. in art from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and a M.A. in art history from Williams College. Before joining the Getty Museum in 2003, he held positions at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Mr. Martineau has organized numerous exhibitions at the Getty, covering a diverse range of topics that span the mid-19th century to the 21st century. He is currently collaborating with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on an ambitious publication and exhibition project on the photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe; and his next book, The Thrill of the Chase: Samuel J. Wagstaff Jr., Collector of Photographs, is expected to be released in late 2015.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Fineman on September 19, 2009
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It would be easy with Outerbridge to be mislead by the sharpness of his palette or the oddity of his subjects. One might scale him as a simple eccentric: this would be totally reductionist. His mastery of complex color techniques, his understanding of camera consequences, his control of lighting, and his joy of composition mark him as a technical master on par with the best in more tame genres. That he adds to this an eroticism and sensuality that is non-standard would in itself place him in a special category. That all this is packaged with a sly commentary on bourgeoise values makes him a keeper for anyone seriously interested in photography.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Marino S-e on November 30, 2009
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kinda hard tell things in the language of the empire:to cut it short, as i see those pics i gather this is a very big case of overlooking an artist; this kandisnky like pics are somtehing i've never seen before, and the pic in the main cover is mind blowing;
i have the feeling, that as long you are not too fashionable from the market point of view, you do not even exist, and i think this is here the point with Outerbrige.
anyway, he was not to dedicated to the fashion stuff.
the book is great in my opinion.
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