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  • Robert Overby, Two Stretch Drawings, 1970, graphite on paper, 26 x 20".

    “Robert Overby: Works 1969–1987”

    Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève
    10, rue des Vieux-Grenadiers
    January 31 - April 27

    Curated by Alessandro Rabottini

    Relatively unknown outside Los Angeles, where he lived for the better part of his career, Robert Overby is “one of the best-kept secrets of postwar American art,” as this show’s press release claims. Even in the artist’s hometown, recognition of his works is mostly confined to the sagging rubber, latex, and concrete castings of domestic architecture that he produced between 1969 and 1973. But this exhibition is designed to consider Overby’s contribution in its totality, comprising both his sculptures, with their abject materiality, and his more painterly and graphic output, with its high-fashion sheen. His vacillation between an aesthetics of corruption and decay on the one hand, and cosmetic-prosthetic enhancement on the other, may here prove an uncanny meditation on both the art that surrounds us and the world we inhabit today. Travels to Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy, May 15–July 27; Bergen Kunsthall, Norway, Sept.–Nov.; Le Consortium, Dijon, France, Jan. 2015.