February 4-April 5, 2013
Due to popular demand, Hayward Oubre: Difficult to Impossible
is extended to April 5, 2013
Proud Rooster, c. 1956, painted wire, 21 1/4 inches high
Hayward Oubre (1916-2006), known primarily as a sculptor, was also a painter, printmaker, and influential teacher. A native of New Orleans, he graduated from Dillard University, studied with the Harlem Renaissance painter Hale Woodruff, and earned a Masters of Fine Art degree from the University of Iowa, the third African-American to do so.
Featured in this exhibition are the artist’s signature wire sculptures of figural, biomorphic, and whimsical themes. They are made of ordinary clothes hangers, which Oubre shaped totally by hand, manipulating the wire with his own strength to create a more textural surface. In execution, the interwoven outlines of each piece are feats of balance, light, and minimalism.
Oubre’s work was regularly exhibited throughout his career, at historically black colleges and at annuals at Atlanta University (1946-1969). This exhibition is the artist’s first retrospective, shown first at the Greenville County Museum of Art in South Carolina and in New York, at Debra Force Fine Art.