JOHN CHAMBERLAIN| View from the Cockpit, Series #351

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Castelli Gallery
View from the Cockpit, Series #351, 1976
Dye and enamel on papers mounted on board
14.75 x 13.5 x 1 in. (framed)
10.75 x 8.63 in.


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John Chamberlain (American, 1927-2011) is one of the most influential sculptors from the Post-War period. Chamberlain taught at the experimental Black Mountain College from 1955 to 1956, and moved to New York later that year. In 1957, Chamberlain began using scrap metal from cars in his work, and he continued to make abstract and colorful sculptures of crushed and welded cars throughout his career.

He also experimented with sprayed automobile enamel and dye to make colorful geometric paintings and abstract works on paper. These two-dimensional works shed light on Chamberlain as an inventive colorist capable of making delicate compositions as well.

Chamberlain was included in a group exhibition at Castelli Gallery in 1959, and presented his first solo exhibition at the Castelli Gallery on 4 East 77th Street in 1962. In 1969 his work was exhibited at the Castelli Warehouse on 108th Street.

John Chamberlain’s work was the subject of two retrospectives organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, in 1971 and 2012. Chamberlain’s sculptures are on permanent display at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, and at Dia:Beacon, New York.