John Chamberlain /   John Angus Chamberlain

United States 1927 - 2011

Sculpture, Abstract Art, Assemblage Art

John Chamberlain
John Angus Chamberlain
United States
March 8, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

John Chamberlain, born in 1927, is considered one of the most important American Post-War sculptors, known for his intuitive compilations of interlocking metals and use of industrial media. The artist grew up in Chicago, IL, before serving in the United States navy from 1943 to 1946. After serving, he attended the Art Institute of Chicago between 1951 and 1952, where he began making welded sculptures, drawing influence from sculptor David Smith. Following his stay in Chicago, he enrolled in Black Mountain College in 1955, where he studied and taught for two years. Chamberlain moved to New York immediately afterward. At that time, he began including car parts into his work, crushing and welding pieces together to create abstract clusters.

Chamberlain’s first solo exhibition was held in 1960 at the Martha Jackson Gallery. The exposure led to his work being included in The Museum of Modern Art’s 1961 group exhibition, Art of Assemblage, a survey of artists working with two and three-dimensional constructions, offering a new and forceful articulation of the ideas of Abstract Expressionism. While the artist was widely known for his use of automobile parts, metals, and Plexiglas in large-scale sculptures, he also experimented with other media, making geometric paintings scattered with automobile paint. His first retrospective was held in 1971 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, NY.

He received many honors, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in Contemporary Sculpture from the International Sculpture Center in Washington, D.C., in 1993, and a Distinction in Sculpture Honor from the Sculpture Center in New York in 1999. Continuing his exploration of new media, Chamberlain undertook photography in the last decade of his life, creating large-format images that reflected the use of color in his sculptures. This final endeavor portrayed the sensitivity with which the artist approached his works, allowing their presence to express meaning rather than seeking to overcomplicate or trivialize the materials.

The artist died in New York in 2011.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2000John Chamberlain Sculpture. Selections from The Menil Collection and Dia Center for the ArtsThe Menil Collection, Houstonsolo
2000John Chamberlain: Recent SculpturePaceWildenstein, 142 Greene Street, New Yorksolo
2000Four SculpturesD Amelio Terras, New Yorkgroup
1999John ChamberlainLever House, New Yorksolo
1999Portraits from the Collection of Michael ChowPaceWildenstein, Los Angelesgroup
1998John Chamberlain: Chamberlain s Fauve LandscapePace Wildenstein, 142 Greene Street, New Yorksolo
1997John Chamberlain: Abstract SculpturesMuckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton, Californiasolo
1997John Chamberlain: Baby Tycoons, 1992-97Galerie Daniel Blau, Munichsolo
1997Baby Tycoons: Skulpturen von John ChamberlainMuseum fur Lackkunst, Munstersolo
1997John Chamberlain: SculpturesJablonka Galerie, Colognesolo
1997John Chamberlain: Sculpture and PhotographsPaceWildenstein, Los Angelessolo
1997UnknownCheim & Read, New York group
1997Inaugural Exhibition Ace Gallery MexicoAce Gallery, Mexicogroup
1996John Chamberlain: Recent SculpturePaceWildenstein, New Yorksolo
1996John Chamberlain: Current Work and Fond Memories, Sculptures and Photographs 1967-1995Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdamsolo
1996John Chamberlain: Couches and Related Sculpture, 1967-1971A/D, New Yorksolo
1996John ChamberlainKukje Gallery, Seoul, Koreasolo
1996Abstraction in the 20th Century: Total Risk, Freedom, DisciplineSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New Yorkgroup
1995Color in Space: Pictorialism in Contemporary SculptureList Art Center, Brown University, Rhode Islandgroup
1994John Chamberlain: Recent SculptureDaniel Weinberg Gallery, San Franciscosolo
1994John Chamberlain: Recent SculpturePaceWildenstein, 142 Greene Street, New Yorksolo
1994John ChamberlainGalerie Karsten Greve, Colognesolo
1994Civic Virtues: Lights. Color. Action.NationsBank Plaza, Charlotte, North Carolinagroup
1993Photographs by John ChamberlainMira Mar Gallery, Sarasota, Floridasolo
1993John Chamberlain PhotographsGalerie Sonia Zannettacci, Genevasolo
1993John ChamberlainGallerie Karsten Greve, Parissolo
1993Wide Point: The Photography of John ChamberlainThe Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New Yorksolo
1993John ChamberlainBarbara Krakow Gallery, Bostonsolo
1993UnknownMargo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles group
1993Sculpture and MultiplesBrooke Alexander and Brooke Alexander Editions, New Yorkgroup
1992John ChamberlainDaniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angelessolo
1992John ChamberlainAlbert Totah, Milansolo
1992John ChamberlainGalleria Seno, Milansolo
1992John Chamberlain: New SculptureLaura Carpenter Fine Art, Santa Fesolo
1992John Chamberlain: New WorkDia Center for the Arts, Bridgehampton, New Yorksolo
1992John Chamberlain: Arbeiten auf PapierGalerie Meyer - Ellinger, Frankfurt am Main, Germanysolo
1992John Chamberlain: Recent WorkThe Pace Gallery, 142 Greene Street, New Yorksolo
1992John Chamberlain: Neue SkulpturenGalerie Karsten Greve, Colognesolo
1992Arte Americana 1930-1970Lingotto, Turin, Italygroup
1991John Chamberlain: Arbeiten auf Papier 1982/83: Sprays, Gondola - Series, Giraffe - Skin - SeriesGalerie Fred Jahn, Stuttgartsolo
1991John Chamberlain: New SculptureThe Pace Gallery, New Yorksolo
1991John Chamberlain: MonotypesPace Editions, New Yorksolo
1991John Chamberlain, retrospective exhibitionStaatliche Kunsthalle Baden Baden, Germanysolo
1991John ChamberlainGalerie Karsten Greve, Parissolo
1991Famous Last Words and Works on PaperBradley University, Peoria, Illinoissolo
199120th Century CollageMargo Leavin Gallery, Los Angelesgroup
1990John ChamberlainWaddington Galleries, Londonsolo
1990Works from Chicago CollectionsMuseum of Contemporary Art, Chicagogroup
1989John Chamberlain: New SculptureThe Pace Gallery, New Yorksolo
1989Sculpture 1960s - 1980sGreenberg Gallery, St. Louissolo
1989Works from StockFabian Carlsson Gallerygroup
1988John ChamberlainMargo Leavin Gallery, Los Angelessolo
1988Benglis, Chamberlain, Fisher, Kendrick, TherrienMagasin 3 Stockholm, Swedengroup
1987John Chamberlain: Recent SculptureFabian Carisson Gallery, Londonsolo
1987John Chamberlain: Recent SculptureXavier Fourcade, Inc., New Yorksolo
1987John Chamberlain: SkulpturenGalerie Tanit, Munichsolo
1987John Chamberlain: Recent SculptureThe Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburghsolo
1987John ChamberlainGalerie Pierre Huber, Genevasolo
1987DrawingsXavier Fourcade, Inc., New Yorkgroup
1986John Chamberlain: OilsGalerie Fred Jahn, Munichsolo
1986John ChamberlainMargo Leavin Gallery, Los Angelessolo
1986John Chamberlain: Sculpture, 1954-1985Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angelessolo
1986American Renaissance: Painting and Sculpture Since 1940Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdalegroup
1985John Chamberlain: SculptureMargo Leavin Gallery, Los Angelessolo
1985John ChamberlainGalerie Gillespie - Laage - Salomon, Parissolo
1985TransgressionsGillespie - Laage - SaIomon, Parisgroup
1984John Chamberlain/EsculturasPalacio de Cristal, Parque del Retiro, Madridsolo
1984John Chamberlain: New SculptureXavier Fourcade, Inc., New Yorksolo
1984John Chamberlain: Selected PrintsMarian Goodman Gallery, New Yorksolo
1984American TableauThe Seagram Plaza, New Yorksolo
1984John ChamberlainGalerie Rudolf Zwirner, Colognesolo
1984John ChamberlainGalerie Helen van der Meij, Amsterdamsolo
1984UnknownUniversity Art Museum, University of Californiagroup
1984Experiment Sammlung I: Une Collection imaginaireKunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerlandgroup
1983John Chamberlain Reliefs 1960-1982The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Floridasolo
1983John Chamberlain: Sculpture and Work on PaperThe Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohiosolo
1983John ChamberlainRobert L. Kidd Galleries, Birmingham, Michigansolo
1983John ChamberlainMarian Goodman Gallery, New Yorksolo
1983John ChamberlainL. A. Louver Gallery, Los Angelessolo
19832Oth Century Sculpture: Process and PresenceWhitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New Yorkgroup
1982John ChamberlainLeo Castelli Gallery, New Yorksolo
1982Chamberlain Gardens: EssexDia Art Foundation, Essex, Connecticut solo
1982John Chamberlain Sculpture: An Extended ExhibitionDia Art Foundation, New Yorksolo
1982Twenty GaIleries/Twenty YearsGrace Borgenicht Gallery, New Yorkgroup
1981The Gilbert aud Lila Silverman CollectionCranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan group
1980Stedelijk van AbbemuseumEindhoven, Netherlands solo
1980Five in FloridaSVC/Fine Arts Gallery, University Gallery, University of South Florida, Tampagroup
1979John ChamberlainKunsthalle, Bern solo
1979John ChamberlainHeiner Friedrich, Colognesolo
1979Auto IconsWhitney Museum of American Art, Downtown Branch, New York group
1978John ChamberlainHeiner Friedrich, Colognesolo
1978Art and The AutomobileFlint Institute of Art, Flint, Michigangroup
1977View from the CockpitMargo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles solo
1977John ChamberlainHeiner Friedrich, Inc., New Yorksolo
1977John Chamberlain: An Exhibition of Sculpture: 1959-1962Mayor Gallery, London solo
1977The Texas Pieces, presented by the Dia Art FoundationManhattan Psychiatric Center, Ward’s Island, New Yorksolo
1977Works on Paper by Contemporary American ArtistsMadison Arts Center, Wisconsingroup
1976John ChamberlainLeo Castelli Gallery, New Yorksolo
1976UnknownNewport Art Festival, Rhode Island group
1976UnknownLocksley/Shea Gallery, Minneapolis group
1976Survey - Part IThe Sable - Castelli Gallery Ltd. , Torontogroup
1975John Chamberlain: The Texas PiecesContemporary Arts Museum, Houstonsolo
1975John ChamberlainRonald Greenberg Gallery, St. Louissolo
1975John ChamberlainJames Corcoran Gallery, Los Angelessolo
1975Summer Group ShowLeo Castelli Gallery, New York group
1974John ChamberlainWalter Kelly Gallery, Chicagosolo
1974Large Scale Sculpture ShowPratt Institute, Brooklyn, New Yorkgroup
1973John ChamberlainLeo Castelli Gallery, New Yorksolo
1973John Chamberlain: The Texas PiecesDag Hammarskjold Plaza Sculpture Garden, New Yorksolo
1973Whitney Biennial: Painting and SculptureWhitney Museum of American Art, New Yorkgroup
1972John Chamberlain/F - - - - - g CouchesLo Giudice Gallery, New Yorksolo
1972UnknownTaft Musetirn, Cincinnati group
1972Film - Video - Photographs - ProjektionLouisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmarkgroup
1971John ChamberlainLeo Castelli Gallery, New Yorksolo
1971John Chamberlain: A Retrospective ExhibitionSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York solo
1971Younger Abstract Expressionists of the FiftiesThe Museum of Modern Art, New Yorkgroup
1970Hard and Soft: Recent SculptureLo Giudice Gallery, Chicagosolo
1970CouchesLocksley/Shea Gallery, Minneapolis solo
1970The HighwayInstitute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphiagroup
1969John ChamberlainLeo Castelli Warehouse, New Yorksolo
1969John ChamberlainMizuno Gallery, Los Angelessolo
1969Hard, Soft and PlasticWilcox Gallery, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvaniagroup
1968Sculpture, Murals and FountainsHemisFair 1968, San Antonio, Texas group
1967John ChamberlainThe Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio solo
1967John ChamberlainGalerie Rudolf Zwirner, Colognesolo
1967John ChamberlainGalerie Heiner Friedrich, Munich solo
1967Ten YearsLeo Castelli Gallery, New Yorkgroup
1966John ChamberlainDwan Gallery, Los Angelessolo
1966Contemporary American Sculpture: Selection IWhitney Museum of American Art, New Yorkgroup
1965John ChamberlainLeo Castelli Gallery, New Yorksolo
1965UnknownGalerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne group
1965Whitney AnnualWhitney Museum of American Art, New Yorkgroup
1964John ChamberlainGalerie Ileana Sonnabend, Paris solo
1964John ChamberlainLeo Castelli Gallery, New Yorksolo
1964New American SculpturePasadena Art Museum, Californiagroup
1963The Pace GalleryBoston Dilexi Gallery, Sari Franciscosolo
1963UnknownRobert Fraser Gallery, London group
1963Six SculptorsBoston University Art Gallery, Massachusettsgroup
1962John ChamberlainLeo Castelli Gallery, New Yorksolo
1962John ChamberlainDilexi Gallery, San Franciscosolo
1962UnknownLeo Castelli Gallery, New York group
1962International Sculpture ExhibitionBuenos Aires Museum of Modern Art, Brazilgroup
1961VI BienalMuseu d’arte Moderna, Sao Paolo, Brazilgroup
1960John ChamberlainMartha Jackson Gallery, New Yorksolo
1960Le Nouveau RealismeGalerie Rive Droite, Parisgroup
1959The Enormous RoomMartha Jackson Gallery, New York group
1958John ChamberlainDavida Gallery, New York solo
1958UnknownDavida Gallery, Chicago group
1958Hansa GalleryNew York, group
1957John ChamberlainWells Street Gallery, Chicagosolo