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Pierre Huyghe is a producer of spectacular and memorable enigmas, with works that function more like mirages than as objects. Abyssal Plain (2015–ongoing), his contribution to the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev , was installed on the seabed of the Marmara Sea, some 20 metres below the surface of the water and...

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MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern Ocula Report MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern 29 Nov 2019 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

In the early decades of its existence, New York 's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of the...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy. Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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(1927 - 2011), USA

John Chamberlain Biography

John Chamberlain was born in Rochester, Indiana, and grew up in Chicago. After serving in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946, he attended the Art Institute of Chicago (1951–52) and Black Mountain College (1955–56). He moved to New York in 1956, and his first major solo exhibition was held at the Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, in 1960. His work was included in the Museum of Modern Art's 1961 group exhibition, Art of Assemblage, an important international survey of artists working with collage in two and three dimensions, and during that same year he participated in the São Paulo Bienal. He was included in the Venice Biennale in 1964. He died in Manhattan in 2011.

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Since the mid-1950s, Chamberlain has been known for his use of automobile parts in powerful, large-scale sculptures. He has worked with other mediums and materials, including two-dimensional paintings made with automobile paint, tied urethane foam sculptures (both in the 1960s), and crushed metal and melted Plexiglas sculptures (in the 1970s). Since the mid-1990s, the artist has experimented considerably with large-format photography.

Chamberlain had his first retrospective in 1971, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. A second retrospective was organized in 1986 by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. His numerous honors include the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture (1993), the Lifetime Achievement Award in Contemporary Sculpture by the International Sculpture Center, Washington, D.C. (1993), The National Arts Club Award, New York (1997), the Distinction in Sculpture Honor from the Sculpture Center, New York (1999), and a Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa, from the College for Creative Studies, Detroit (2010). 

John Chamberlain Featured Artworks

Cupcakecutie by John Chamberlain contemporary artwork
John ChamberlainCupcakecutie, 2008 Painted and stainless steel
142.2 x 139.7 x 106.7 cm
Hauser & Wirth Enquire about this work
Splendid Actor by John Chamberlain contemporary artwork
John ChamberlainSplendid Actor, 1989 Painted and chromium plated steel
139.7 x 158.8 x 128.3 cm
Pace Gallery
Untitled by John Chamberlain contemporary artwork
John ChamberlainUntitled, 1967 Foam, unique
10 1/2 x 14 x 14 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery Enquire about this work
Felonious Orchid by John Chamberlain contemporary artwork
John ChamberlainFelonious Orchid, 2003 Painted and chromium plated steel
96.5 x 124.5 x 94 cm
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Waddington Custot
Quince Cameo by John Chamberlain contemporary artwork
John ChamberlainQuince Cameo, 2001 painted, chromed and stainless steel
111.1 x 104.1 x 111.8 cm
Waddington Custot Enquire about this work
Avery Fair by John Chamberlain contemporary artwork
John ChamberlainAvery Fair, 1992 Painted steel
141 x 165.1 x 164.1 cm
Waddington Custot Enquire about this work
EUPHORIAINAHAT by John Chamberlain contemporary artwork
John ChamberlainEUPHORIAINAHAT, 2010 Painted and chrome-plated steel
233.7 x 171.8 x 140.3 cm
Gagosian Enquire about this work

John Chamberlain Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Found in America: Chamberlain, Flavin, Indiana at Waddington Custot, London
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5 May–30 June 2017 Group Exhibition Found in America: Chamberlain, Flavin, Indiana Waddington Custot, London

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An Unlikely Matchup of Paper and Steel Related Press An Unlikely Matchup of Paper and Steel Hyperallergic : 14 September 2019

They sounded like an odd pairing when the announcement arrived: Eva Hesse and John Chamberlain, featured in the exhibitions, Forms Larger and Bolder: EVA HESSE DRAWINGS and John Chamberlain Baby Tycoons , at Hauser & Wirth's uptown townhouse. While they are clearly separate shows, their proximity nonetheless sets up inevitable — if...

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‘Chamberlain/Prouvé’ at Gagosian Gallery Related Press ‘Chamberlain/Prouvé’ at Gagosian Gallery The New York Times : 27 March 2015

An idiosyncratic show combining the work of two geniuses who used metal in new if nearly opposite ways needs to be carefully balanced. Displaying 12 crushed car-body sculptures by the American sculptor John Chamberlain in and around two prefab structures by the French architect-designer Jean Prouvé doesn’t quite do the trick.

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