JOHN CHAMBERLAIN | Once Again Watson



Once Again Watson
painted and chromium-plated steel
37 by 52½ by 28½ in. 94 by 133.4 by 72.4 cm.
Executed in 2001

Price Available Upon Request

PaceWildenstein, New York
Waddington Galleries, London
Private Collection (acquired from the above)
Christie’s, New York, May 14, 2014, lot 136 (consigned by the above)
Acquired by the present owner from the above sale

London, Waddington Galleries, John Chamberlain: Sculpture 1988-2001, September - October 2002

Once Again Watson exemplifies John Chamberlain’s work, revealing an extraordinary sensibility in his skill at welding discarded pieces of metal and creating lyrical and dynamic forms of expression. His ability to add color to sculpture sets his work apart from that of his antecedents and brings an extra layer to his mode of artistic creation.

Chamberlain is considered among the greatest colorists of the 20th century. In liberating sculpture from the prohibition of color, he transformed the medium. In his work, he kept the original color of his chosen materials but would also add paint on top of the existing hues by dripping, spraying, pouring, and patterning to rough the effect. “I never thought of sculpture without color. Do you see anything around that has no color? Do you live in a world with no color? It never occurred to me that having color on sculpture was such a big number. I thought it was very obvious” (the artist in Phyllis Tuchman, "An Interview with John Chamberlain," Artforum 10, no. 6, 1972, p. 39).

In the world of sculpture, Chamberlain is celebrated for the introduction of nontraditional materials and for an unprecedented sculptural process of clustering and folding metal. His uncanny ability to humanize cold, mass-produced machine parts is wrought with contradictions and complexities, but Once Again Watson provides an ultimate vantage point that examines the balance between color and material, a definitive investigation of the artist’s extraordinary, influential stylistic journey.

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