Born in NewPAUL OUTERBRIDGE: York, Outerbridge worked for Vogue, Vanity Fair and Harper’s Magazine in the early 1920s. In 1925 he went to Paris, where he got to know Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp and Constantin Brancusi; he was back in America in the ’30s. He is noted for his development of the carbro printing process, which produced colors of nearly hallucinogenic vividness.
Including abstract elements and objects like kitchen utensils, masks and machine parts, Outerbridge’s still lifes are suavely formal and dreamily surreal. But his most arresting pictures are of beautiful women in fetishistic finery. Combining neo-Classical beauty and modern kinkiness, they anticipate the works of Helmut Newton, Robert Mapplethorpe and other photographers who, like latter-day alchemists, turned pornography into high art. Tuesday through Aug. 9, J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, (310) 440-7300, getty.edu.