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Biography

John Chamberlain is an American artist best-known for his sculptures made of old automobile parts. He attended the Art Institute of Chicago and moved to New York upon graduation. In 1957, be started working with scrap metal from cars. The car parts were welded and contorted into compact shapes, which he then spray-painted. His sculptures vary in size, the heaviest series weighing about 300 lbs. It is said that Chamberlain brought the “Abstract Expressionist style of painting into three dimensions.” 

 

In 1961, Chamberlain was shown in the “Art of Assemblage” exhibition held at the MoMA. His work was shown along with Marcel Duchamp and Pablo Picasso, and from there he was invited to participate in shows all around Europe. Chamberlain also created some paintings and folded foam pieces in the early 1960s, but never strayed too far from to his signature material. In 2011, Chamberlain sold Nutcracker(1958) from the Allan Stone Estate for $4.7 million, his highest auction price to date. Chamberlain passed away later that same year.

 

John Chamberlain has work featured in the permanent collections of the Chinati Foundationin Marfa, Texas, the Guggenheim Museum,the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum Ludwigin Cologne, the Tate Modernin London, the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Modernain Rome, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Kunstmuseum Winterthurin Switzerland, the Moderna Museetin Stockholm, the Centre Pompidouin Paris, the Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna, the Museum Brandhorstin Munich, the Philadelphia Museum of Artand the Walker Art Centerin Minneapolis. 

 

Related Categories: Creased/Crinkled/Wrinkled, Assemblage, Modes of Transportation, Art of the 1960s, Post-War American Art, Tangled Forms, Obsolescence, Line, Form and Color, Focus on Materials, Use of Common Materials.

 

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