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Robert Overby, Door Stop, 3 May 1973, milk chocolate, 1 1/4 × 1 1/4 × 4".

Robert Overby

Marc Selwyn Fine Art

Robert Overby, Door Stop, 3 May 1973, milk chocolate, 1 1/4 × 1 1/4 × 4".

Twenty-some years after his death at the age of fifty-six, Robert Overby is finally getting his due—both in Los Angeles, where he spent most of his career, and in cities considerably farther afield. (A show at the Hammer Museum in 2000 was a decisive moment in this trajectory, though its effects were not immediately evident.) The most comprehensive survey to date, “Robert Overby, Works: 1969–1987,” organized by Alessandro Rabottini in 2014 for the Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, contributed significantly to the mounting sense of excitement around the artist’s work. The openness and range of his output, from his castings of extant architecture to his polyurethane stretched sculptures, collages of found porn, and high-keyed paintings of cropped torsos, masked faces, and gloved hands—bondage and bandage—seem especially vital when seen from our current vantage point.

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