JOHN CHAMBERLAIN | UNTITLED
1927 - 2011
watercolor on paper
Sheet: 3¾ by 3½ in. (9.5 by 8.9 cm)
Framed: 11½ by 10¾ in. (29.2 by 27.3 cm)
Executed circa 1958.
Please note that this work will be exhibited at Allan Stone Projects. Purchased items will be available for collection at Crozier Fine Arts, 1 Star Ledger Plaza, Newark, NJ as of Thursday, December 13th.
This work is in very good condition overall. The sheet is hinged intermittently along the reverse to the backing board. There is a slight undulation to the sheet, visible upon close inspection. There are pinholes at the center of the upper edge and the center of the right vertical edge. There are stray media marks to the upper left corner. There is scattered pigment separation, which is visible upon close inspection and appears to be inherent to the artist's chosen medium. Framed under Plexiglas.
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New York, Allan Stone Gallery, John Chamberlain: Early Works, October 2003 - January 2004, cat. no. 2, illustrated
New York, Allan Stone Gallery, Alfred Leslie, John Chamberlain: Collage, November 2010 - January 2011
New York, Allan Stone Projects, Abstract Expressionist Works on Paper, January - March 2014
New York, Allan Stone Projects, Artists of the New York School, October - December 2016
Championed as the sculptural manifestation of Abstract Expressionism, John Chamberlain's famed assemblages of scrapped car bodies channeled the exuberance of Post-War painting and mixed it with the reflexivity of Pop Art. Chamberlain's works on paper from the late 1950s reflect the same preoccupation with shredded, torqued, and crushed forms that seem to alight or teeter in space with almost biomorphic contrapposto. Chamberlain was a mainstay of the Allan Stone Gallery program for decades, with numerous significant works having passed through the Allan Stone Collection, including the auction record work Nutcracker, 1958. The recipient of numerous awards, Chamberlain was honored with two Guggenheim Fellowships in 1966 and 1977, the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center in Washington DC, both in 1993, The National Arts Club Award in New York in 1997, and the Guild Hall Academy of the Fine Arts, Visual Arts Honoree for the 22nd Annual Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Chamberlain has had countless gallery and museum exhibitions, including shows at Leo Castelli Gallery, Gagosian Gallery, the 1964 Venice Biennale, and retrospectives at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 1986, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 1971 and 2012. Chamberlain is in numerous public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Menil Collection, Houston, the Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland, DIA Beacon, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris.