Robb Putnam
Peace on Earth

Museum of Art and History
665 W. Lancaster Blvd,
Lancaster, CA 93534

January 26 - April 21, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 26, 2019, 4 PM – 6 PM
New Threads: Perspectives in Contemporary Fiber Art

Laband Art Gallery, Loyola Marymont University
1 LMU Drive,
Los Angeles, California 90045

January 27 - March 17, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 27, 2 - 5 pm
solo exhibition

Robb Putnam: Interlopers

Walter Maciel Gallery
2642 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034

6 January - 24 February 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 6th, 6-8pm
Los Angeles Times

Date Book: Art about memory, sculptural bears and a show devoted to art crime
Carolina A.Miranda, Los Angeles Times, January 5, 2018

Sew What?

Children’s Museum of the Arts
103 Charlton St.
New York, New York

February 02, 2016 – May 22, 2016
art ltd. article

Artist Profile: Robb Putnam

George Melrod, art ltd., September-October 2015 edition

solo exhibition

Robb Putnam: Loiterers

Walter Maciel Gallery
2642 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034

12 September - 24 October 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 12th, 6-8pm
Reigning Cats and Dogs

Rena Bransten Projects
1639 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

November 14, 2014 - January 10, 2014 review
Julia Couzens,% Robb Putnam at Rena Bransten Projects%,, September 27, 2014
SF Chronicle, SF Gate article

Bay Area arts news, Sept. 11
Jesse Hamlin, SF Gate, San Francisco Chronicle, September 10, 2014
solo exhibition
Robb Putnam: Foundlings

1639 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

September 6 - October 25th, 2014
Opening Reception: September 6, 1-5pm

Second solo show of sculptures and drawings with Rena Bransten Gallery
Press Release:

"60 Fall Gallery Shows You Can't Miss"
artnet News, Wednesday, September 3, 2014
"Robb Putnam: Oakland rat fan sees trash outcasts' role in world"
By Jesse Hamlin

San Francisco Chronicle
Bay Area Arts News, September 11, 2014
Larger than Life: Exploring Scale in Contemporary Art

Bedford Gallery at Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
June 2 - August 18, 2013

Group exhibition featuring the work of Chuck Close, Viola Frey, Elisabeth Higgins O'Connor, Tristin Lowe, Robb Putnam, Harry Siter, Michael Stutz, Clayton Thiel and Tara Tucker
Threading the Needle

2642 S. La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90034
8 September - 27 October 2012

Group Exhibition including works by Margarita Cabrera, Maria E. Piñeres, Robb Putnam, Nike Schroeder, Lisa Solomon and Jil Weinstock
Robb Putnam, Castoffs

2642 S. La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90034

January 7 - February 18, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 7, 6-8pm

My second solo show of sculpture and drawings at Walter Maciel.

Travelers: Objects of Dream and Revelation

Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
August 26 - December 31, 2011

Reception: August 25, 6pm to 9pm
Free for members and members joining at the door/$10 for non-members

Artists: Janice Arnold, Margarita Cabrera, Marc Dombrosky, Erika Harrsch, Cal Lane, Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz and Robb Putnam

For some, traveling is pure leisure – going to exotic places around the world in search for new, enlightening experiences. For others it is displacement; leaving their ravaged home countries behind; crossing borders; encountering hunger, thirst, violence. This exhibition brings together a select group of contemporary artists who address the ambiguous motif of travel and the objects associated with it. Ordinary trinkets such as snow globes or past icons like the Volkswagen Beetle are transformed into sculptures and installations that reveal the many facets of travel – both romanticized and actual.

Size Matters

2642 S. La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90034

16 July - 19 August 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 16th, 6-8pm

Including works by Rebeca Bollinger, James Buckhouse, Carolyn Castano, Andrea Cohen, Oscar Cueto, Colin Doherty, Cynthia Ona Innis, Charles LaBelle, Sandra Low, Dean Monogenis, Robb Putnam, Nike Schroeder and Lisa Solomon

Big Ass Sculpture Show

June 9 - July 16 2011

To introduce our summer exhibitions, the Rena Bransten Gallery will present large scale sculptures selected to delight viewers with their impressive mass, sense of tension, and proof of daring engineering bravado. Works by artists J.B. Blunk, Viola Frey, Dennis Gallagher, Jun Kaneko, Sam Perry, Robb Putnam, and Desi Santiago will form a wondrous maze directing foot traffic as well as gazes throughout the gallery space.

Recent Museum Acquisition

I recently installed one of my large format sculptures entitled Stray at the Palm Springs Art Museum as a new acquisition to the collection. It is currently on display in the museum lobby, sharing the space with another large sculpture of a dog by Yoshimoto Nara.
Elements of Nature, Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation

NOVEMBER 6, 2010 to FEBRUARY 27, 2011
curated by Billie Milam Weisman
Reception: Saturday, November 6, 2010
from 6-8pm

Exhibition Statement:
Nature has been a primary source of inspiration for artists throughout history. From the time of the earliest cave paintings artists have continued man’s ceaseless dialogue with the elements, drawing inspiration from natural phenomena as well as wildlife. Elements of Nature: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation takes this theme as timely and poignantly relevant considering how severely Louisiana has been impacted by recent environmental disasters. As seen in the works presented, the “elements of nature” are not limited to the ancient conception of earth, air, fire, and water. They also include volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, eclipses, and sunsets, as well as plant and animal life. Many other natural occurrences impact, and are impacted, by our lives on earth. Each artist in this exhibition helps us to view nature through their aesthetic eye.

Contemporary Art Center
900 Camp Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Information: (504) 528-3805

The exhibition is on view:
November 6, 2010 to February 27, 2011
Tuesday - Sunday from 11:00am - 4:00pm

Reception will be Saturday, November 6, 2010 from 6:00-8:00pm

SF Chronicle, SF Gate review

Sorell’s prints enhance the mysteries of poems, Putnam’s Orphans
Kenneth Baker, SF Gate, San Francisco Chronicle, August 14, 2010
SF Weekly article

Diamond Dogs, review of “Orphans” at Rena Bransten Gallery
Michael Leaverton, SF Weekly, July 14, 2010

Rena Bransten Gallery
77 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

July 15 - August 21
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 15, 5:30 - 7:30

For my first solo exhibition at Rena Bransten Gallery, I am exhibiting a brand-new series of sculptures on pedestals, a sculptural wall installation and a variety of mixed-media works on paper.

Press Release:
Robb Putnam’s first solo exhibition, Orphans, at the Rena Bransten Gallery is an exploration into the province of detritus dogs. With his sculpture, Putnam transforms previously discarded materials into castoff creatures who explore the dark spaces where emotions intersect. Old blankets, ripped shirts, fake fur, shredded rags, loose threads and plastic bags come together to become large-scale canine portrait heads whose individual personalities are expressed through a nuance of expression and texture. These oversized forms exist as misfits and reference a variety of sources: whimsical children’s-book characters, abandoned stuffed toys, wounded stray dogs, and imaginary friends. In addition to the sculptures, drawings of the dogs as disjointed animals within fevered dreams continue the associations of innocence and play as well as their physical distortions. In either dimension, Putnam evokes our empathy and our compassion for these beings.

Identity Based Vertigo

Walter Maciel Gallery
Pacific Design Center Showroom B261 (Second Floor)
8687 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069

20 May - 25 June 2010
Opening Reception:

Featuring works by: John Bankston, Rebeca Bollinger, James Buckhouse, Margarita Cabrera, Carolyn Castano, Freddy Chandra, Andrea Cohen, Oscar Cueto, Archie Scott Gobber, Cynthia Ona Innis, John Jurayj, Hung Liu, Maria E. Pineres, Robb Putnam, Frank Ryan, Lisa Solomon and Jil Weinstock

Strays, New Sculptures and Drawings

Walter Maciel Gallery
2642 S. La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90034

November 7 - December 23, 2009
Opening Reception: November 7

Solo exhibition of recent sculptures and drawings.

Improvised Branches

A survey of contemporary Bay Area Art
Curated by Theo Konrad Auer
Opening Reception: 6-10 p.m., Saturday, Sept.26th.
Exhibition dates: Sept.26th to October 25th, 2009
423 Water Street (across from Barnes and Noble in Jack London Square

Oakland , CA 94607

Participating Artists: Christopher Russell, Crystal Morey, Jake Watling, Kevin Earl Taylor, Nancy Chan, Mark Dukes, Daniel Healey, Dave Higgins, Obi Kaufmann, Robb Putnam and Michael Patton.

Sculpture at the Andaz

Andaz West Hollywood
8401 W. Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

I currently have a large sculpture on display at the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood, CA as a part of an exhibition program. The piece will be on display through the end of this year.

Laugh It Off

Walter Maciel Gallery
2642 S. La cienega boulevard
Los Angeles, ca 90034

July 11-August 22

Opening; July 11th, 6-8pm

One of my large sculptures is included in this group show in along with works by Oscar Cueto, Archie Scott Gobber, James Gobel, Laurie Hogan, William Powhida, Kammie Roulner, Lezley Saar and Fletcher Smith.

Curated by Jane Scott, Girl Wonder Inc.

Lost and Found

There is a three page spread featuring my work with an interview and photos in the Jan/Feb issue of The BARK, the dog culture magazine. The article is on p. 48 and is called Lost and Found.

Narrative Thread

Lyons Wier • Ortt Contemporary Art
175 7th Avenue, NYC 10011 212•242•6220

The exhibit opens January 9th.
Reception: 6-9pm

I will have three sculptural works on display in this group show featuring fiber based artists. Images of the work can be seen at the gallery website:

Art in America

Awards & Grants: Joan Mitchell Foundation
Stephanie Cash, Art in America,
February 2009 issue, p. 152
Artweek article

Oakland artist receives Joan Mitchell grant
Artweek, April 2009, Volume 40, Issue 3
Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant

December 2008

2008 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant recipient;
$25,000 award for artistic career development.

Bay Area Currents 2008

Oakland Art Gallery
Oct. 15, 2008 - Nov. 21, 2008

Juried by Aimee Reed

Exhibiting Artists: Steve Allen, Alexis Babayan, John Casey, Bill Domonkos, Bradley Hyppa, Andrea Land, Jessica Pezalla, Robb Putnam, Alanna Risse, Michael Ryan, Noah Sakamoto, Allison Watkins

Creature Feature

Rena Bransten Gallery
San Francisco, CA

July 10 - August 16, 2008

I will be exhibiting two large sculptures and four drawings. Also in the exhibit are works by John Bankston, Rupert Garcia, Don Ed Hardy, Baseera Khan, Vik Munz, Tracy Timmins and Tara Tucker.

For a photographic tour of this exhibition, please check out the following gallery link: